Route 4 reopens, vital east-west link in Vermont

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin today joined hundreds of Rutland County residents in Killington to celebrate the opening of Route 4, a critical east-west roadway that until today was closed to through traffic due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene.Route 4 between Rutland and Killington on August 29, 2011. Photo courtesy Steve Costello, CVPS.Governor Shumlin was joined by Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles and Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith to celebrate the pride everyone has that road crews repaired Route 4’s severe damage in just 19 days, and to spread the message that Vermont has recovered significantly, and just in time for foliage season.In less than three weeks since the storm struck on August 28, the Vermont Agency of Transportation has opened four major east-west travel corridors. In addition to Route 4 between Rutland and Woodstock, Route 103 between Rockingham and Rutland, Route 11 between Chester and Manchester, and Route 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro are now open in their entirety.”Opening the state’s critical east-west travel corridors allows most Vermonters the mobility they need for everyday tasks like visiting their doctor, commuting to work and attending school,” Governor Shumlin said. “The increased mobility also provides a lifeline for Vermont businesses, and the timing could not be better. With the start of foliage season upon us, Vermont’s guests and visitors can now navigate most state regions with only a few exceptions.”Route 4 between Rutland and Bridgewater was damaged in several locations, including five places between Mendon and Killington where flooding from Mendon Brook created major roadway craters. In two locations, all three lanes of Route 4 were missing. In other locations, two lanes were missing with sheer slope drops as high as 70 to 80 feet.Portions of the roadway were also completely washed away in Killington around River Road where today’s celebration was held, and there was damage in several other locations along “Killington Flats” and the rest of Route 4 stretching east to Woodstock.While roads like Route 4 that were once closed following Irene are now open, many still contain construction crews and have gravel sections, so motorists are encouraged to focus on safety and drive with caution.”Travelers have to understand that open does not mean back to normal in some areas,” Secretary Searles said. “Some of our most badly damaged areas are still recovering, and the roads in these areas remain closed to all but local residents. Even roads that are open, like Route 4 and Route 9, still have construction crews making repairs, as well as segments of gravel where there used to be pavement.”Driving a little slower actually lends itself well to the spirit of foliage season, where leisurely drives and taking in Vermont’s breathtaking beauty is the prime directive.”Driving may be a little slower in some areas, but in most cases you can now get there from here,” Commissioner Smith said. “And when you arrive, Vermont’s well-known hospitality will be waiting to greet you.”For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, the public can call the Irene recovery call center at 1-800-VERMONT or go to the Agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.Restoring the critical east-west travel corridor between the resort community of Killington and all points to the east and west will come just in time for the kick-off of the fall foliage touring season. The opening could not come soon enough for the many inns, restaurants and other businesses in the resort town that have been essentially cut off from their main commerce route since flooding from Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the roads leading into and out of town. Although recovery efforts caused some events to be postponed until next year, an abbreviated Hay Festival encompassing two major events will go on as planned. Killington Brewfest Weekend will take place September 30 through October 1, and the DockDogs National Championships will go on as scheduled October 7 to 9.  The resort community is also planning a townwide ‘Welcome Back’ celebration on October 1.   ‘Killington is open for business, and we’re eager to welcome back visitors, neighbors and friends during this exceptionally beautiful time of year,’ says Seth Webb, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town.  ‘Coming up to Killington, supporting our shops, inns and restaurants this fall and winter is the best thing people can do to help us get back on track.’  The Killington Brewfest kicks off on Friday September 30 with a Vermont Brewmasters Dinner from 7 to 9pm followed by a Brewfest Kickoff Party, all at the Wobbly Barn.  On Saturday, October 1 the Brewfest takes place from 1 to 6 pm at the Snowshed Lodge at the Killington Resort, featuring live music, food offerings and over 75 of the finest craft beers from throughout the region. DockDogs, as seen on ABC, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, feature distance jumping and retrieving competitions from the world’s best canine athletes. The 2011 DockDogs® National Championships, scheduled for October 7-9 at the Snowshed Base Area, is expected to bring in over 300 of the most experienced teams from all parts of the country — and their fans — to compete for the national title. Along with the breathtaking displays of fall color, visitors to Killington can also expect to see 30 of the town’s giant hay sculptures that make up the Grass Menagerie, the central element of the Killington Hay Festival.  The Killington Hay Festival continues through Columbus Day Weekend, featuring an ongoing scavenger hunt and a hay maze at the Gristmill Restaurant.  For more information on the Killington Hay Festival, contact Suzie Dundas at (802) 422-2185, or suziedundas@killingtontown.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Syracuse rides 2nd-half run past No. 13 Louisville in season finale

first_img Published on March 5, 2013 at 2:23 am Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ At the five-minute mark of the second half, Carmen Tyson-Thomas passed directly to Louisville’s Jude Schimmel. The guard broke away and laid it in uncontested to give the Cardinals a one-point advantage.Fourteen seconds later, Syracuse’s Cornelia Fondren dribbled past a slew of Louisville defenders and inside for a routine layup of her own, bringing the lead back to the Orange. Syracuse didn’t trail again.Fondren’s layup sparked a 16-0 Orange run midway through the second half. SU held No. 13 Louisville scoreless for eight minutes, turning the one-point SU deficit into a 15-point edge that was not relinquished. The burst propelled No. 24 Syracuse (23-6, 11-5 Big East) to a 68-57 win over the Cardinals (23-7, 11-5) in front of 441 in the Carrier Dome on Monday night in both teams’ regular-season finale. The win snapped a three-game losing streak during which the Orange squandered three consecutive halftime leads, and likely solidified Syracuse’s place in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five seasons.“We definitely needed this,” senior center Kayla Alexander said. “ … It wasn’t exactly the prettiest win, but we got it together and we took care of business.”After Fondren’s bucket gave SU the lead, the Orange maintained momentum through the eight-minute spurt with a nearly flawless combination of aggressive defense and offensive execution. Syracuse started to fluster Louisville by using a full-court press and double-teaming the ball handler on most possessions, forcing the Cardinals into poor shot selection and a string of misses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyson-Thomas grabbed a rebound off of an Antonita Slaughter miss and raced down the court. The guard fed the ball to Fondren, who quickly swung the ball back to the senior.Tyson-Thomas didn’t hesitate, knocking down a 3 to give SU what was then its largest lead of the game at 44-38.“I think when we did start getting those loose-ball rebounds, we did start pushing the ball in transition,” Tyson-Thomas said. “We did start making plays. We didn’t make many shots that we took, but we did get after it when we missed.”With the crowd rising to its feet in anticipation of the brewing upset, the Orange defense continued to hold the Cardinals scoreless, maintaining the press and boxing out to keep Louisville’s second chances to a minimum.Rachel Coffey relieved Fondren at the point around the 11-minute mark. On her first possession of the half, Coffey took a feed from Tyson-Thomas and drained a 3 to push the Orange’s lead to nine.The three rotation seniors – Tyson-Thomas, Alexander and guard Elashier Hall – all scored in different fashions to complete the run and ensure it would take a near miracle for the Orange to lose. A swish by Tyson-Thomas on a shot from just right of the foul line, an Alexander free throw as a byproduct of a hard drive and a 3-point shot gave SU a 53-38 lead with 8:44 to play.Schimmel air-balled a 3 on the next possession, and it took nearly two more minutes until Bria Smith finally ended Louisville’s drought with a layup at the 6:40 mark.“I think we got together and stopped them defensively,” Hall said. “There were a lot of times where they were making shot-clock violations, and that really picked up our momentum and really got us going.”Syracuse needed almost the entire cushion it built during the run, with the Cardinals fighting back and closing the gap to 60-56 on Schimmel’s 3 with 1:15 to play. But the Orange finished the game 6-for-6 from the foul line.The win meant the difference between the No. 3 and No. 5 seed in the Big East tournament for Syracuse, which earns a double bye and six days of rest before a Big East quarterfinal matchup in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday.“We started making plays as a team, instead of as individuals,” Tyson-Thomas said. “And I think that was the key instrument for our successful play.” Commentslast_img read more

James Harrison embracing ‘S.W.A.T.’ role, wants to be an action star

first_imgJames Harrison has his sights set on a new career after conquering the football field.According to ESPN, the former Steelers linebacker landed a small role on the CBS show “S.W.A.T.” potentially launching his acting career. “It’s like repeating the same play 30 times,” Harrison told ESPN. “After about five, you’re like, ‘I’ve got it.'”Harrison, who retired from the NFL last April, has a non-exclusive contract with Fox Sports but also has been hitting auditions and table reads around Los Angeles. Related News Antonio Brown tweets goodbye to Steeler Nation, reportedly requests trade “I would say I’m not actually skilled in it as far as a student of it. What I bring is raw,” Harrison said. “I’m trying to get that refined. Emotional responses, that’s the hard thing. Being able to be, like, extremely compassionate. Actors like Denzel [Washington] being able to go that whole spectrum. I think that’s what I’ll have to get a lot of help on refining.” Known for his intimidatingly hard hits on the field and monstrous strength in the weight room, Harrison definitely has what it takes to embody the big and bad role that wrestler-turned-action-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has adopted since going Hollywood.”The Rock better watch out because No. 92 is aiming to be an action star, and he’s coming for him,” CBS co-star Jay Harrington said.Harrison, 40, signed with the Steelers in 2002 and played 14 of his 15 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh. He finished his career with 84 1/2 sacks (a franchise-record 80 1/2 with the Steelers), 34 forced fumbles and eight interceptions to go along with 573 tackles.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Texas Tech’s Tariq Owens returns after suffering leg injury vs. Michigan State

first_img March Madness 2019: Auburn’s Bruce Pearl addresses last-second foul call vs. Virginia Texas Tech avoided a major problem.Tariq Owens, who had tallied several big blocks in the tournament and in the Red Raiders’ matchup with Michigan State in the Final Four, went down after twisting his ankle badly in the second half. Tariq Owens with a thunderous jam #4To1 #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/I6q7B1gXFu— Sports Daily (@SportsDGI) April 7, 2019After a few minutes in the locker room Owens jogged back out to the bench to the delight of the Red Raider faithful.He came back into the game with 6:52 left in the game.The Red Raiders’ crowd goes wild as Tariq Owens returns from the locker room after an injury! 👏@TexasTechMBB | #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/hRtJBSdovw— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 7, 2019This story will be updated. Owens had seven points, four rebounds and three blocks when he went out.center_img March Madness 2019: Virginia tops Auburn after devastating foul call on 3-pointer Tariq Owens sends Texas Tech into the break with a two-point lead on Michigan State! pic.twitter.com/igw1AQzbgI— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) April 7, 2019Owens appeared to twist both his ankle and his knee and stayed down on the floor for a few minutes.He was able to get up and walk off the floor on his own power. Related Newslast_img read more