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

Acadia Fire heats up in league soccer

first_img Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 The team’s record was 5 wins and 1 tie over the course of league play, which included teams from Bangor, Brewer, Waterville, PenBay and Augusta. They scored an astonishing 37 goals in 6 games, the most amongst all teams in Maine travel soccer this season. They will next play in the fall state cup, which begins after Columbus Day.The U12 team roster includes Aidan Stearns, Julian Walls, Sara Shea, Will Larson, Colin Lacasse, Reider Watson, Daisy Granholm, Finn Sheehan, Spencer Dominy, Leao Nelson, Riley Evans, Mason Tupper, Keegan Omlor and Treyan Nelson. The team is coached by Michael Curless and assisted by Brian Dominy.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAcadia Fire FC offers soccer programs throughout the year for children ages 5-18 in their new indoor soccer facility, The Fire House, located on Route 3 in Trenton. Contact Michael Curless at acadiafirefc@gmail.com. READFIELD — In a clash of league leaders, Hancock County’s Acadia Fire FC’s U12 soccer team played to a 3-1 victory on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Maranacook to secure the top seed in the division. Fenceviewer Staff Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)last_img read more

Henry, Ferguson shine as Black Caps storm to 10-wicket win

first_imgCARDIFF, Wales (Reuters) – New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka without losing a single wicket in Cardiff yesterday to begin their World Cup campaign in style after seamers Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson had skittled their opponents out for 136.Kiwi opener Martin Guptill then smashed an unbeaten 51-ball 73, while Colin Munro made 58 not out to help the New Zealanders reach their target in less than 17 overs.Earlier, Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl on a pitch so green it was indistinguishable from the outfield, and he was rewarded when Henry trapped Lankan opener Lahiru Thirimanne leg-before in the first over.Canterbury seamer Henry, who conceded 107 runs in a warm-up match against West Indies earlier this week, continued his resurgence to remove Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis in the ninth over to leave the Sri Lankan middle order exposed at 46-3. “Good to go out there on a green surface,” Henry, who credited his stint with English county Kent last season for his man-of-the-match performance, said after the match.“You don’t get too many one-day wickets like that. On a surface like that we were trying the full length and get them forward, with them trying to hit us off our length.”Henry took 3-29 off seven overs, while Ferguson bagged three middle-order wickets as Sri Lanka finished with the lowest ODI total at Sophia Gardens – below their own record there of 138, also set against the Kiwis, in the 2013 Champions Trophy.Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne led a mini-recovery for his side, carrying his bat with an unbeaten 52 to take the total past 100. All-rounder Thisara Perera (27) received no support from the lower order, as they were skittled out with 20.4 overs to spare.Karunaratne has urged his team to reassess their approach for the rest of their campaign after the majority of the batsmen perished in search of early boundaries.“136 is never going to be enough in these conditions,” the Sri Lankan captain said.“It was a good toss to win … it was seaming and swinging in the morning, so they had the advantage.“We need to think about our game and approach. We’re trying to play our shots early. We need to give ourselves a chance to get set and then score runs.” The result cemented 2015 runners-up New Zealand’s status as the dark horses in the tournament and also highlighted why Sri Lanka, who have recorded just one ODI win in 2019, may struggle to qualify for the semi-finals.New Zealand’s next game is against Bangladesh at The Oval on Wednesday, while Sri Lanka stay in Cardiff to play Afghanistan on Tuesday.last_img read more

Fresh off bye, skillful Badgers begin WCHA play

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald PhotoGoaltenders practicing sumo wrestling moves, multi-million dollar insurance policies flicking pucks at each other and the No. 3 draft pick playing the head coach one-on-one during practice are signs that the UW men’s hockey team has exhausted its time off. “These days have dragged by here so it’s time to put on the skates and play against somebody else,” head coach Mike Eaves said. While beneficial in building team chemistry and gaining experience through repetition, receiving an early schedule bye last weekend has been unbearable to say the least.Finally, the team gets to play again. No. 10 Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0 WCHA) will open up conference play against No. 13 Michigan Tech (4-2, 3-1 WCHA) this weekend at the Kohl Center. “Our focus becomes having a great start,” Eaves said. “And hopefully the time that we’ve had, we’ve worked on some repetitions and the way we want to play, and we’ve competed hard in practice and going against a team like Michigan Tech that’s its strength, they play hard and we hope to go from there.” From the opening face-off, forward Kyle Turris and the rest of the freshmen class are going to find out what the WCHA season is all about.“We haven’t played a WCHA game yet so we’re chomping at the bit to get going to see what it’s like,” Turris said. “I hear it’s quite a bit different from what we have been playing, so we’re pretty excited, and everybody’s working hard to not let each other down.”Michigan Tech has already played two series within the WCHA, against Minnesota State and North Dakota, winning three of four times. Even so, UW goaltender Shane Connelly doesn’t believe the Huskies’ conference experience should come into play — unless Wisconsin lets it by getting off to a sluggish start.“It could give them the advantage if we let them by not coming out and playing sharp from the start,” Connelly said. “But we’re fresh, they might be banged up.” As loose as Connelly, first-round picks Turris, Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith and the rest of the Badgers keep practice, wrestling each other and joking around, they understand that conference play is hostile. “It’s going to be a war, there’s going to be a lot of hitting,” Connelly said. “From our end, they roughed us up a little bit last year when we went up to Houghton, Mich., and we got a chance to beat them in the Final Five so there’s not too much liking between these two teams.“It’s two big games, and we need these points to start off right.”On the same account, the rabid Huskies are accustomed to a smaller-sized rink — the Kohl Center ice is NHL sized — and the skill-laden Badgers should be able to use the open space to their advantage in not only avoiding hits but also scoring goals. “The larger ice allows us to use our skill sets more so we might be able to create some more in the open space and capitalize on the power play,” Turris said. Wisconsin had no problem scoring with the man advantage two weeks ago against Robert Morris. It capitalized on eight of 17 opportunities. Despite starting strong by scoring 22 goals in four games, Wisconsin had much to improve upon. “For our young team, I think it was a good thing [having the bye],” Eaves said. “Being so young, practice gave us a chance to get reps in the areas that we wanted to so that when we come out we’re more automatic in the way we want to play. “If we become a slave to our good habits, then chances are we’ll play well.”Turris, who leads the nation in points with 12 despite playing two less games, found himself playing one-on-one with UW’s all-time points leader, coach Eaves, at center ice toward the end of Thursday’s practice. The reason: The center wants to improve his defense. “I think from my standpoint, I’m showing him that — even though I’m an old guy — if he does the right things, he can contain to some degree a highly offensive player so that when he is in that situation he understands the technique that we talked about,” Eaves said. The Badgers are putting in the extra work, and now it’s time to get back out on the ice and play.last_img read more

Professional frats plan for future

first_imgThough many Greek organizations emphasize brotherhood, sisterhood, service and scholarship, the pre-professional fraternities that make up the Professional Fraternity Council have a central focus on the professional development of their members.PFC governs the four pre-professional fraternities that exist under the council: Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-med fraternity; Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity; Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity; and Sigma Phi Delta, the engineering fraternity. But USC is known to have additional professional fraternities that are not within PFC, with focuses including leadership, architecture, cinema and accounting.One of the two business fraternities on campus, Alpha Kappa Psi demonstrates how chapter requirements vary from fraternity to fraternity.Unlike its counterpart Delta Sigma Pi, which is known for only accepting accounting, business, economic or international relations (global business) majors, AKP accepts students of all academic backgrounds and focuses on more general skills, no matter the member’s desired career path.“Our program provides students with the soft skills of business not learned in class, for example, how to write a resume or how to do a cover letter,” said AKP President Sam Loke. “During the pledge program, you are exposed to different kinds of workshops — public speaking, how to do a case competition, debate. We offer very concrete, hands-on activities and events. [New members] don’t just learn the theory of it — they also have to execute it.”Though the application and recruitment process for professional fraternities varies from chapter to chapter, it’s typical for the fraternities to require an application and an interview.Alpha Kappa Psi’s process includes an additional weeklong rush process that includes meeting with the chapter as well as attending a professional workshop, an alumni panel about the pledging process and benefits of active membership and a social event. Rush is completed with an interview and potentially the offering of a bid.Professional fraternities look for a variety of characteristics in their potential new members.“What I look for is someone who is very eager to learn,” Loke said. “The chapter wants pledges who are looking for a sense of brotherhood, someone who comes in on day one and at the end of the process has gone through personal and professional development. We do emphasize personal development a lot, a lot of self-reflection — working on a team and then reflecting on your role and how you can better yourself when you work in another team.”Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity, is another participating member of PFC that welcomes students of all majors and grade levels. Though the organization’s focus is professional, members also attend football games together and host social events. Students do not have to be positive they want a career in law to be a part of the fraternity, and many use this group as an opportunity to learn more about the field.PAD has guest speakers who range from test prep company representatives advising on how to prepare for the LSAT to current law students and professors discussing life during law school to lawyers from different fields who give examples of the many areas of law.“We always try to have one speaker a semester come in and talk about other options similar to law but not necessarily law,” said junior Jordan Gary, secretary of PAD. “As we like to say, PAD is kind of a place to figure out if law school is right for you. I’m really interested in sports law, and PAD definitely helped me figure that out.”Gary said she was inspired by a talk given by an entertainment lawyer who discussed how one of his colleagues worked for the Dodgers during their owner transfer.“This made me realize that was an avenue available to me,” Gary said.Engineering fraternity membership requirements are different — Sigma Phi Delta only accepts undergraduate Viterbi School of Engineering students.Junior Ashtyn Chen, former SPD secretary, said many of their activities involve networking with alumni so it is critical that members are actually interested in working in that field.“A bunch of our alumni are at Boeing, Tesla, Intel, you name it — all of them come back and tell us about opportunities,” said Chen. “This semester, we have a friend who works at Microsoft, and he came down and set up all the Hackathons down in Long Beach, and we basically [brought] Microsoft Hackathon down here.”Though many of the engineering firms are not immediately located in Los Angeles, the alumni connection brings them back to home base.“A lot of alumni still come by because Boeing is down in Long Beach, Chevron is down in [El] Segundo,” Chen said. “A lot of companies are in this area. The house sponsors bowling events and going to Six Flags — trying to integrate the young people with the alumni. The connection base is very good.”In addition to helping students get a foot in the door job-wise, professional fraternities offer a system of support for its members outside of the classroom or the office.“Everyone who rushes Alpha Kappa Psi has a different reason,” Loke said. “It could be wanting to gain a brotherhood or sense of family, or network the opportunities because our alumni is pretty strong within the L.A. region, in terms of investment banking, consulting, marketing and so on and so forth. It really depends on the individual and what they want to get out of it.”Though he joined as a freshman after realizing that few of his friends held the same academic interests he did, Chen said the fraternity has become much more than a group of students who share professional goals.“It’s very rare for me to find people in my major, so I came out for a barbeque during rush week,” Chen said. “I met a lot of the brothers here, and they all seemed chill. It feels more like a family than this club that meets every week to fulfill an agenda. We actually care about the success of each one of us.”As with any large organization, professional fraternities are not immune to misconceptions — one of which, Gary said, is that there’s no difference between them and the other Greek organizations.“They have that stigma that all they do is party. I personally don’t think that’s all that [IFC] fraternities are — I think they do a lot more for the USC community — so that’s a bad stigma to get, but I think we get caught up in it when it definitely does not apply to us.”One aspect of the IFC fraternities and Panhellenic sororities Gary admires is their strong sense of community.“I’d like to see [professional fraternities] come together as a group more,” Gary said. “I think that we could do philanthropies — maybe not necessarily go out to the soccer field and play soccer drunk every Friday — but I think we could definitely make it fun and group-oriented. I think all of the professional fraternities, even though they each have their different focuses, all serve the same general purpose for their members.”last_img read more

Christians being left out

first_imgAS a public school teacher at the elementary level, I have followed with interest the recent court proceedings surrounding the Dover, Pa., intelligent design debate and the also-thwarted attempt in Lebec, Calif., to include intelligent design in its school curriculum as a short-term, elective class. America’s public schools have always been a testing ground for many of the major issues that torment society. This is due both to the public nature of our school system and to the inevitable multiculturalism that results from that public nature. How does the debate over evolution and intelligent design affect me and my second-grade students on a daily level? At the outset, let me say that I am a Christian who believes in the biblical creator God. I chose to teach at the second-grade level specifically so that I would not be required to teach evolution, since that topic does not readily come up in second grade. I have never taught any of my Christian beliefs to my students, but I always feel as though I am withholding a large part of who I am from them. In an era when there is a large push to encourage some subgroups to come out of their closets, there seems to be in public-school classrooms an equally large push to drive Christian students into one. Christian children are required to leave large portions of their inner selves and their home lives outside the classroom door. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant For example, I teach English language development for second-language learners from a state adopted textbook series called Avenues, published by Hampton-Brown. Unit Four is a multicultural social-studies unit titled, “Celebrate!” It opens with a big-book selection, “Day of the Dead,” a charmingly illustrated story about a holiday celebrated in Mexico. The student book continues with an excellently written piece called, “This Next New Year,” about a Chinese-American boy’s hopes that his family’s New Year’s celebration will bring him the luck he needs to turn his life around. It brings tears to my eyes when I read it each year with my class. After that is a poem about the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana, another poem about Kwanzaa and a third poem titled, “Mawlid Al-Nabi” by Karam Sperling. This poem ends with the lines, “We sing the praises of the Prophet Muhammad because it’s his birthday.” The unit ends with a poem and a story about July 4 and the Declaration of Independence. That is all. Now, most of my students are either Catholic or evangelical. Where are their Christian beliefs and experiences reflected in this unit? I couldn’t find them. Being ignored by a wall of silence is a form of discrimination. What does this have to do with intelligent design? I won’t address whether or not I.D. belongs in a science classroom (although I believe it does have a place there), but I do feel that there is plenty of room to teach it in a social studies or philosophy setting. The great value of teaching I.D. would be to leave a public door of discussion open for those hundreds of thousands of American students who believe in God. It would encourage students to compare data and conclusions drawn from those data, to apply logic to their consideration of data, to think for themselves and to formulate their thinking into words that could effectively communicate with others. The teaching of intelligent design in American classrooms would encourage discussion, debate, open-mindedness and cultural tolerance for others. Isn’t this traditionally what American public education has always been about? Christina Wilson teaches second grade in Fillmore.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more