Champlain College award goes to General Rainville and Vermont National Guard

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–At Champlain College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 7, the College presented its Distinguished Citizen Award to Major General Martha T. Rainville –the Adjutant General of the State of Vermont–and the members of the Vermont National Guard.The ceremony was presided over by the chair of the Champlains Board of Trustees, William G. Post, Jr., and President Dr. Roger H. Perry, who delivered the Commencement Address and will retire at the end of June. Post said the awardees have collectively demonstrated tremendous leadership skills and community service, both in and outside of the Guard.When Champlains trustees met to discuss this years recipients, these were some of the words that were shared: Dignity, service and caring, Post said.Champlain College Trustee Bill Cody recently retired from the Army National Guard and he said, The Vermont Guard has served our country and our state above and beyond the call of duty. And Marthas care and concern for the welfare of the soldiers, air men and women, and their families are unsurpassed.Post said General Rainville has handled an important and sensitive job with grace and dignity in a very difficult timea time when soldiers have been deployed for active duty in the Middle East and other parts of the world. The efforts of the Guard and the General have been noticed across the state and on the national level. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy said, Adjutant General Martha Rainville has been a superb leader during an especially difficult time for members of the Vermont National Guard and their families. He has said the Guard embodies the spirit of service that has always been a hallmark of Vermonters.Members of the Guard stand ready to assist Vermonters in times of need, Post said. They also make their mark as distinguished citizens by being involved in many civilian and community organizations, and General Rainville exemplifies that trait. Rainville has been involved in St. Albans town government, the Northwestern Medical Center, the American Heart Association, District 6 Environmental Commission, Vermont Veterans Home, and in her church.General Rainville oversees 4,000 members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard and she manages a budget of $115 million.last_img read more

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Bucksport softball team off to 3-0 start

first_imgBUCKSPORT — The Bucksport softball team has kicked off its season with a 3-0 start, scoring double-digit runs in each of those games.Following their 16-4 season-opening win over Washington Academy (2-1), the Golden Bucks shut out both Dexter (1-2) and Mount Desert Island (0-2) in the past week.Bucksport 12, Dexter 0Bucksport’s Maggie Bires fired a three-hitter, striking out eight and walking two, to lead the Golden Bucks past Dexter in six innings on Saturday.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso for Bucksport, Julia Zavalza drove in three runs with a double and two singles. Makenzie Smith had three singles and an RBI, and Emily Hunt and Kaylee Grindle each had two singles and an RBI.Bucksport 14, MDI 0Katelin Saunders recorded a five-inning no-hitter to lead the Golden Bucks by MDI on Thursday.Saunders walked just one batter and struck out nine while Makenzie Smith doubled twice and drove in three runs. Emily Hunt and Kaylee Grindle each added two singles, and Hunt also drove in two runs. Julia Zavalza contributed a double and two RBIs.Hermon 13, Ellsworth 1Katelynn Bagley slammed a solo homer for Ellsworth (1-1) on Tuesday en route to its loss to Hermon (3-0).WA 7, GSA 2Washington Academy beat George Stevens Academy (1-2) on Saturday.Foxcroft 16, MDI 6Aubrey Boyce recorded a double and single for MDI in its loss to Foxcroft (3-0) on Saturday.Ellsworth 11, GSA 0Callie Hammer led Ellsworth (1-1) with two doubles, a single and three RBIs in the team’s season-opening win over GSA on Thursday.Also for Ellsworth, Leah Stevens hit two singles with two RBIs and scored three runs. Breann Cummings and Shelby Cote each singled and doubled with two RBIs. Pitcher Kate Whitney fired a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts and one walk.Olivia Stevenson singled twice for GSA.last_img read more

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Syracuse content with compact stadium despite increased attendance

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2015 at 7:56 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus The lines to buy tickets into SU Soccer Stadium stretched through the parking lot and nearly to Manley Field House. Any seating available in the bleachers filled up well before kickoff and fans were sent to the hill in front of East Colvin Street to watch the game.The aftermath was a scene of trash, torn up grass and mud on the hill as a record 2,533 fans watched Syracuse beat Duke and advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals on a chilly 45-degree day in early November. It topped the previous record of 2,442 set just two months earlier against then-No. 4 Notre Dame.“Best atmosphere ever,” senior midfielder Juuso Pasanen said. “I love when the hill gets packed, oh my goodness. It feels good every time.”Five times during the best-ever season for the Orange, the number of fans exceeded the seating capacity of SU Soccer Stadium, turning the trampled hill into a common occurrence.But despite being one of the top teams in the ACC last season and in the top half in average attendance, Syracuse has the third-smallest venue with a maximum seating capacity of 1,500 fans.  With the support of the team growing and new attendance records being set, fans are pushing the venue to its limit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As the program grows that crowd keeps coming out,” junior forward Chris Nanco said.  “… We love the support.”During head coach Ian McIntyre’s first season in 2010, SU won only two games and attracted just 839 fans per home contest. Nanco recalls not seeing as much support for the team on his recruiting visit to Syracuse as there is now.Logan Reidsma | Photo EditorLast year, an average of 1,424 fans attended each home game, watching Syracuse reach No. 1 in the country. The Manley South parking lot consistently overflowed with cars and students packed busses heading from Main Campus to the soccer field.The Orange’s average attendance filled 94.9 percent of its stadium capacity — the sixth-highest percentage in all of Division-I soccer. Louisville, the closest ACC school on that list, satisfied just 67.4 percent of its capacity.SU’s five times surpassing the seating capacity of the field accounted for nearly half of its home games. Only two other schools in the ACC — Boston College and Louisville — broke their seating max more than once.“When we’ve played well and had a good atmosphere our stadium has been cooking,” McIntyre said. “It’s not just a soccer match, it’s an event.”Chloe Meister | Presentation DirectorThe only two schools in the ACC with smaller stadiums — Boston College and Pittsburgh — were the worst teams in the conference, combining for just one ACC win. Boston College’s venue fits 1,000 fans while Pittsburgh’s holds 735.On the other end, Clemson’s 28-year-old venue boasts a 6,500-person capacity and recently underwent renovations. Louisville unveiled an $18.5 million soccer complex in 2014 that fits over 5,300 and Pasanen called “amazing.”“Those stadiums are always tough to play in when the other team has that many fans in the crowd,” Nanco said.SU Soccer Stadium, which opened in 1996, pales in comparison to the size of fields of the other top teams around the conference.Nanco and Pasanen said they like SU Soccer Stadium’s compact layout and the ability for fans to stand or sit practically on the field. It creates a feeling of togetherness, Nanco added, while Pasanen said he doesn’t want to see seats go up on the hill.Chloe Meister | Presentation DirectorIf the popularity of the team and attendance continue to climb each year, the stadium will continuously reach its max capacity and may force fans to watch games from beyond the fences around the stadium.McIntyre doesn’t know whether or not fans would fill a 5,000-person stadium and said any changes to the soccer facilities aren’t his decision to make. Though there are nice stadiums around the country, he said, he wouldn’t swap out SU Soccer Stadium for another.“You want a facility where on certain occasions you have it packed to the rafters and we’ve been able to do that the last couple years,” McIntyre said. “… We’ve got to ensure that we keep playing well and keep bringing people back and if there becomes a problem then that becomes a good problem to have.” Commentslast_img read more

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Get Into Your Sanctuary: Diving In A Natural Habitat Ep.2

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn this episode of “Get into Your Sanctuary” Teresa and Skubie dive in a Lake for their first “Open Concealed Water Dive”. This is the portion of their training that they do more skills and exercises to work on and they finish the dive with a small surprise. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: dive, diving, lake, scuba, Swim, waterContinue ReadingPrevious Lady Michigan Offers Fall CruisesNext Hillman Protects Home Court and Sweeps Halelast_img

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