The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame will honor 13 of the finest Green Mountain State athletes and contributors when it inducts its inaugural class on November 17, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington. Dave Hakins, chair of the VtSHF board of trustees, unveiled the Class of 2012 on September 11 at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. The enterprise is in cooperation with Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the VtSHF’s designated charity. Members of the class represent 11 sports, several generations and seven different Vermont counties. Collectively, they have earned multiple Olympic medals, won several team-sports World Championships, and captured numerous individual and team accolades.The inaugural inductees are Larry Benoit, outdoors (Duxbury); Jen Carlson, soccer (Shelburne); Ray Collins, baseball (Colchester); Larry Gardner, baseball (Enosburg Falls); Albert Gutterson, track and field (Springfield); Bill Koch, Nordic skiing (Brattleboro); Andrea Mead Lawrence, Alpine skiing (Rutland/Killington); John LeClair, ice hockey (St. Albans); Nicole Levesque Andres, basketball (Shaftsbury); Bob Yates, football (Montpelier); Tony Adams, contributor-media (Essex Junction); Jake Burton Carpenter, contributor- snowboarding (Londonderry); and Ken Squier, contributor- media/auto racing (Waterbury). See information on each inductee below.Ticket information for the 2012 induction dinner and celebration, to be held Saturday, November 17, will be announced soon. Nominations are welcome for the 2013 class and information is also available on the website (click HERE for nomination information and FAQ).Launched in October 2011, The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization to recognize those individuals whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports, athletics and recreation in the Green Mountain State. In addition to honoring those who make a significant contribution to the state’s sports legacy, the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame will promote and provide inspiration in sports and recreation to the state’s youth. Inaugural Class: 2012 Larry Benoit, outdoors: Larry is a legendary deer hunter. He has an unparalleled record for bagging large, mature bucks in the woods of northern Vermont and Maine. He was called ‘The Best Deer Hunter in America’by Sports Afield in 1970. He resides in Duxbury.Jen Carlson, soccer: A Shelburne native, Jen was a standout soccer player at Champlain Valley Union High School and the University of Connecticut. A two-time NSCAA high school All-American at CVU, she was a three-time Big East first team selection for the Huskies. She finished her college career among the UConn leaders with 40 goals and 40 assists.Ray Collins, baseball: The Colchester native was a standout at Burlington High School and the University of Vermont before he joined the Boston Red Sox. Ray pitched seven seasons with Boston with a record of 84-62 and a 2.51 ERA. He was in the rotation for the 1912 and 1915 Red Sox World Series champions and started the first World Series game at Fenway Park in October 1912.Larry Gardner, baseball: Larry was a stellar player at Enosburg High School and the University of Vermont before signing professionally with the Boston Red Sox. He played 17 years with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians, hitting a career .289. A superior defensive third baseman, the native of Enosburg Falls helped the Red Sox win three World Series titles and the Indians win one.Albert Gutterson, track & field: Raised in Andover and Springfield, Albert stood out in several sports at Springfield High School and was a Vermont/New Hampshire and New England prep champion in several track and field events. He continued his outstanding track and field career at the University of Vermont, winning several New England titles and another in the prestigious Penn Relays. He then became Vermont’s only Olympic gold medalist in track & field winning the long jump at the 1912 Stockholm Games.Bill Koch, Nordic ski: From Brattleboro, Bill is arguably America’s greatest Nordic skier. He competed in four Olympics: 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1992, and was the first American to medal in Olympic cross-country skiing, earning the 30-K silver at the 1976 games. Koch was the overall Nordic world champion in 1982, the first and only American to do so. He was the flag-bearer for the U.S. team at his final Olympics in 1992. Andrea Mead Lawrence, Alpine skiing: The three-time Olympian (1948, 1952, 1956) from Rutland was 15 years old at her first Games. She swept the U.S. Alpine nationals at age 17. In 1952, Andrea became the first American Alpine skier to medal in the Olympics, winning the gold in slalom and giant slalom. It also was the first time an American won has two Alpine gold medals in the same Olympics. It was 20 years before another American woman earned any Alpine medal. John LeClair, hockey: John had outstanding careers at BFA-St. Albans and the University of Vermont before making his mark on the National Hockey League. Scoring on his first shot in his debut for Montreal in 1991, he scored two overtime goals in the 1993 finals to help the Habs win the Stanley Cup. He moved on to Philadelphia where he was a five-time NHL All-Star. LeClair was the first American-born player to have three consecutive 50-goal seasons and he finished his career with 406 goals. He also helped lead the U.S. to the 1996 World Cup of Hockey title and he helped the Americans capture a silver medal at the 2002 Olympics.Nicole Levesque Andres, basketball: A native of Shaftsbury, Nicole was a standout guard for Mount Anthony Union High School scoring 1,938 points for the Patriots including a then-state single-game mark of 40 in 1990. She went on to Wake Forest where she became the school’s all-time assist leader and ranked third in scoring while twice earning All-ACC honors. She is the first and only Vermonter to play in the WNBA, playing for the Charlotte Sting in 1997.Bob Yates, football: A native of Montpelier, Bob was an all-state player for Montpelier High School before a fine career as an offensive and defensive lineman at Syracuse University, where he also handled kicking duties. He helped the Orange win the 1959 national championship going 11-0 with a Cotton Bowl victory over #2 Texas. He was a Sporting News All-American as a senior and was named to the SU All-Century Team in 1999. He went on to play six seasons for the Boston (now New England) Patriots including playing in the franchise’s first title game, the 1963 AFL Championship Game.Tony Adams, contributor-media: Tony was a trailblazer in bringing televised sports to Vermonters on WCAX-TV for 35 years. He also served as the voice of University of Vermont, Dartmouth College and St. Michael’s College sports teams and was named the Vermont Sportscaster of the Year five times. He resides in Essex Junction.Jake Burton Carpenter, contributor-snowboarding: While residing in Londonderry, Jake is the inventor of and an innovator in snowboarding. His vision led to the rapid spread of the sport nationally and internationally. He hand-built many of the first snowboards, took part in the first competitions and helped organize the first national championships at Suicide Six. Due to his efforts, the sport grew from a barn in Londonderry in the late 1970s to become an Olympic sport starting in 1998. He founded Burton Snowboards, a leader in the sport’s industry in equipment as well as sponsorship of events.Ken Squier, contributor- auto racing and media: Ken, a native of Waterbury, has spent decades broadcasting high school sports in Vermont and he was a pioneer in the television broadcasting of NASCAR races. He built and still co-owns Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre. He is a five-time Vermont Sportscaster of the Year. The NASCAR Media Award bears his name. Source: Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.
fortyninegroup, a leading endurance sports strategy and marketing agency, has assumed management and ownership of TriCrowd.com. Founded in 2010, TriCrowd grew as a dedicated community of age group bloggers and triathlon enthusiasts, sharing their personal multisport stories of racing and training, successes and setbacks, injury and recovery.The re-launch of TriCrowd.com brings the additional voices of globally-recognized professional triathletes, who will share their own unique perspective on training and racing at the sport’s highest level. Among the professionals contributing to the site are Timothy O’Donnell, Leanda Cave, Andrew Starykowicz, Meredith Kessler, Sarah Haskins and Lauren Goss.Joining the current featured bloggers – including Swim Bike Mom, Joel of TriMadness and Cort The Sport – are paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell, Jeff Irvin of Dangle The Carrot, and Sarah of Chasing Down The Dream.Recently hired as Director Of Client Marketing at fortyninegroup, Cortney Martin, who blogs as Cort The Sport, is TriCrowd.com’s new site manager. Professional and age group triathletes, as well as coaches, are invited to add their blog links to TriCrowd.com to provide readers with diverse perspectives and a comprehensive index of multisport blogs.Followers of triathlon are also invited to join TriCrowd’s audience of more than 7,600 fans on the TriCrowd Facebook page.John Jones, fortyninegroup’s CEO said “From pros through to age group participants, one of the main draws of triathlon is our shared experiences in the sport. With TriCrowd, we want to encourage this, and provide a network for the experience of triathlon on a larger scale.”fortyninegroup LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients across the endurance sports spectrum. fortyninegroup’s portfolio of clients includes athletes, events, equipment, accessories, multisport coaching, media and event registration companies.www.fortyninegroup.com Related
Lenexa K9 Officer Ram has been training all week with his handler, Officer Donaldson, in preparation for tomorrow’s K9 competition.This weekend, rain or shine, dozens of dogs are going to be hard at work tackling bad guys, sniffing out drugs and navigating stressful environments to test their poise.But these aren’t just any dogs. They’re K9 officers working for police departments across the Midwest. And they’re competing for the best marks in the sixth annual Heartland Police Canine Competition.Ushering in the competition is Heartland Police K9 Training and Trials, a weeklong training series by the National Police Canine Association’s North Central Region for K9 officers and their handlers. Leading that training and the competition is Sgt. Ryan Sumner with the Lenexa Police Department K9 Unit.“We bring outside instructors in, and it makes these guys better,” Sumner said. “These dogs are out there to protect you, protect businesses, protect all the citizens. My goal is just to make everybody better, which better protects our communities.”Sumner said he started the K9 training and competition six years ago with this goal in mind.Lenexa K9 Officer Kobi practiced obedience exercises with his handler, Officer Karle, this week.“We train until we’re done; my schedule’s from 8 to 5 but if there’s handlers that still need some more work, those instructors will stay till 7 or 8 o’clock at night and work with them,” he added. “And none of these instructors get paid.”Some of the closed-door training sessions this year included scenario-based training at Oceans of Fun, tracking exercises at Kansas City Regional Police Academy and in parks across Kansas City, Missouri, and bomb dog training at various locations.Sumner said the sessions get local K9 units like Lenexa’s unit the most up-to-date training available. Lenexa has three K9 officers: a Dutch shepherd named Kobi, and two Belgian Malinois, Ram and Leo. Combined, the dogs and handlers have at least 12 years’ worth of experience.K9 Officer Wrecker jumps over an obstacle at a K9 competition. Photo courtesy Lenexa Police DepartmentK9 officers and their handlers from police departments across the metro area, including the Lenexa Police Department, close this year’s training series with the Heartland Police Canine Competition. Sumner said he hopes the event will provide the public with a glimpse at the skills of police K9 officers, but also allow an opportunity to interact with police officers in a positive environment, which builds trust and community.“It gives us a chance to show off the dogs and have a little bit of fun with the public,” Sumner said. “It’s good interaction with citizens of each of our cities.”Rain or shine, this year’s competition features 35 K9 officers. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Kansas City Missouri Police Department South Patrol Station, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. The event is free and open to the public.During the competition, K9 officers will navigate a stress obedience patrol course with distractions like blank gunfire. They must also jump over, through and under obstacles, and perform bite-work.“The whole competition is all excitement: a lot of dog fights on the decoys and the bite suits,” Sumner said adding that attendance continues to grow each year, with about 300 to 400 spectators last year.This year’s competition includes a raffle. All donations support $9,000 worth of training expenses for next year’s training series. Raffle prizes include an autographed KC Chiefs football, autographed University of Kansas basketball.The event also includes a free lunch of brats, hot dogs, chips and water. Sumner recommends spectators bring lawn chairs to watch the competition.
September 15, 2006 Regular News Louisiana native Shaddrick Haston, a lawyer in the Orange/Osceola Public Defender’s Office, recently observed the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina while waiting to be sworn in as a member of The Florida Bar. It was never in Haston’s plans to be a Florida lawyer, but Katrina changed all that.In the summer of 2005, the recent law school graduate moved into his family’s New Orleans home to begin a law clerk’s position with a Houma, Louisiana, lawyer. Several weeks later, Hurricane Katrina sent the Haston family packing to a Mobile, Alabama, hotel wondering what had become of their home. Three weeks later, the Hastons found their east New Orleans home still under four feet of water.With no home, no job, and thousands of dollars in law school loans looming, Haston sought refuge in Florida.“A friend had moved to Gainesville and invited me to stay while I sent out resumes,” Haston said. “She explained that I could practice in Florida with a Louisiana Bar license. It sounded like a good — and maybe my only — option.”Little did Haston know that finding out if he passed the Louisiana bar exam would be a maelstrom unto itself. A portion of his exam was ruined in the Katrina flooding. He did pass the Louisiana bar and has since passed the Florida bar exam.When the job offer came from the Public Defender’s Office, he thought it was a good fit.“I wanted to be in a larger city where I was more likely to get more trial experience faster,” Haston said. “I’ve been trying batteries, assaults, and misdemeanors, but I was able to sit in on a first degree murder case soon after joining the office.”Orange/Osceola Public Defender Bob Wesley says the displaced would-be civil lawyer is fitting in with criminal defense work.“Shad has six years of military experience and is extremely flexible and resourceful,” Wesley said. “Despite all the personal turmoil Katrina caused, Shad jumped right into work here and fit in great. New Orleans’ loss is our gain.”Haston’s family owned rental property in Houma and moved there after the storm. The status of their New Orleans property is unresolved, being in an area that is still uninhabitable. He says the legal wrangling with the insurance company has started.“My family keeps calling me for legal advice, but I have to explain that I don’t practice that kind of law,” Haston said. “I tell them if they broke into a house or held up a gas station I could help them. My folks wondered why they sent me to law school.” Katrina survivor awaits swearing in as Florida Bar member Katrina survivor awaits swearing in as Florida Bar member Family’s New Orleans home still uninhabitable
Judicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessible October 15, 2011 Regular News Judicial administration rules amended to make filings more accessible The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration have been amended to require any e-filing that will become part of the “judicial branch record” be ADA compliant.The Supreme Court also changed the rules to require client contact information be included in motions to withdraw, and amended other provisions dealing with testimony taken via communication equipment.The court acted September 28 in Case No. SC11-52. Accessibility To address making electronic documents accessible to persons with disabilities — a concern originally raised by Justice Peggy Quince — the court adopted new Rule 2.526 to require any electronically transmitted document that is or will become a “judicial branch record,” to be formatted in compliance with state and federal accessibility requirements.The new rule applies to all electronically transmitted “court records” and “administrative records,” i.e., records made or received in connection with the transaction of official business by any judicial branch entity.The court also modified new subdivision (g) of Rule 2.525 to require that all documents transmitted in any electronic form under that rule must comply with the accessibility requirements of new Rule 2.526. Motion to Withdraw The court also amended Rule 2.505(f)(1) (Withdrawal of Attorney) to require that a motion to withdraw include the client’s telephone number and email address. The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee has asked that the client’s telephone number be included in a motion to withdraw to make it easier for the court to maintain contact with a party who may have to proceed pro se after withdrawal of the attorney. To further that goal, the court added the requirement that the client’s email address also be included in the motion. Testimony The court also adopted an amendment to Rule 2.530(d)(1) (Testimony; Generally), which currently provides that if all the parties consent, a county or circuit judge may allow testimony to be taken through communication equipment.The rule was amended to provide that testimony also can be taken by communication equipment “if permitted by another applicable rule of procedure,” allowing the various Florida Bar rules committees to consider whether their bodies of rules should be amended to allow for the use of communication equipment without the parties’ consent.In response to a suggestion by the Family Law Section, the court also amended Rule 2.530(d)(1) to clarify that general magistrates, special magistrates, and hearing officers also may allow the use of communication equipment in accordance with the amended rule.The amendments become effective January 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m.
Colliers International recently completed a 17,500-square-foot long-term lease for Maricopa Corporate College, part of the Maricopa County Community College District.Maricopa Corporate College leased the space at 1050 W. Washington Street, Suite 100, in Tempe from Sunstate. The space will provide conference, training and meeting rooms for on-site workforce programs and classes.Colliers International executives Kathy Foster, senior vice president and Todd Noel, executive vice president, represented the Maricopa County Community College District in the transaction. Mike Garlick with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented the landlord, Sunstate.The office space is near light rail with convenient access to Loop 202.“This location will be critical in accomplishing the goals of the Maricopa Corporate College,” Foster said.“Colliers was awarded an RFP last year by Maricopa County Community College District and we were lucky enough to be one of the first divisions of MCCCD to use them in locating a new facility. The experience has been excellent and the support and services we have been provided by Colliers and their team is beyond what we expected,” said Sidney Dietz, director of business services for Maricopa Corporate College.The Maricopa Corporate College works with companies to develop and deliver customized workforce solutions and education for employees in virtually every industry sector. Through a strategic business partnership model, Maricopa Corporate College assesses workforce needs and delivers customized and integrated solutions to meet those needs throughout all levels of an organization.
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Below-the-hook equipment manufacturer Modulift, a specialist provider of modular spreader beams, supplied rigging equipment to Polcom Modular for the installation of 260 pre-fabricated structural modular bedrooms at the iconic riverside newbuild.Modular construction is fast becoming a building method of choice for organisations looking for rapid project completion, assured quality standards and minimal impact on the environment or the local area, said Ben Paget, structural director at Polcom, which was contracted to design, manufacture, supply and install the bedrooms over an 11-week period, all at night.The modules had bespoke lifting eyes integrated into the structural framing that were utilised by the rigging team. Each bedroom-corridor module weighed approximately 8 tonnes, while the heavier bedroom-corridor-bedroom modules were around 12.5 tonnes.Modulift provided standard MOD 24 and MOD 50 spreader beams, which offer 24-tonne capacity at 5 m (17 ft) and 50-tonne capacity at 8 m (26 ft) respectively, as well as slings and shackles, which were used in either single or one-over-two configuration depending on the lifting points on the modules; some were four-point lifts and others eight-point. Below-the-hook equipment amounted up to 1.25 tonnes in weight for each lift.Polcom utilised a tower crane leased by Balfour Beatty, the major contractor, which was already onsite for other lifts related to the construction project. Paget explained that as the crane was sourced prior to completion of the module design, limited height was available for the top floor bedrooms.He added: “We had to modify the top floor lift with shortened chains and tighter angles to accommodate the final lifts. The module centres of gravity were not quite central and we had to manually compensate some of them with sandbags. Modulift’s design service was critical to successful delivery of the project, giving us access to high quality drawings, specifications and expertise, particularly beneficial in offsetting the centre of gravity positions during design of the lifting frames.”During the day, spreader beams and lifting equipment was stored in a purpose-built cage that slotted onto the top of a module, located by the lifting eyes. Polcom moved the cage up each time work started on a new floor level.Prior to installation the modules were transported from Poland to London Thamesport, where they were placed in storage. Most could be moved under normal transport restrictions but the widest had to be accompanied by special escorts. The entire modular installation crew consisted of between six and ten people, involved in onsite bolting of the modules, as well as rigging and traffic marshalling.Paget concluded: “Our modular system is designed bespoke to every project. Size and shape varies according to the architecture. Where possible we limit the overall width, length and height to standard transportation limits to avoid extra costs, but this is not always possible.”Polcom originally tested the rig in a one-over-two-over-four configuration but height restrictions onsite meant it had to proceed with either single or one-over-two configurations. www.modulift.comwww.polcomgroup.com