The Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC), the grassroots group responsible for planning the Grand Reopening Celebration, has chosen the weekend of October 15-16, 2011 as the dates for the celebration. The Lake Champlain Bridge is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, October 9, 2011 according to Vermont and New York transportation officials. In the event the bridge does not open as planned, celebration events will be postponed until the spring of 2012.Launched in early April, the official website for the celebration provides information on proposed events, the latest news on celebration activities and how to become involved. Many events are planned for the two-day celebration, including a grand parade that is reminiscent of the parade held in 1929 during the opening festivities for the ‘original’ bridge. The LCBC is inviting people who were present at the 1929 celebration to participate as grand marshals, riding in circa 1929 vehicles, many of which will be provided by the Automobile Enthusiasts of Vermont. In keeping with the spirit of the first bridge’s opening celebration, there will be a boat flotilla, organized by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and in cooperation with Canal Corps. It is hoped that the schooner ‘Lois McClure’ will be available for tours. Also on tap are bicycle tours of nearby historic sites and areas surrounding the bridge, a 5K footrace, a Saturday night street dance and concert, and an ecumenical service on the bridge at dawn on Sunday. Also on Sunday there are plans for a farmers’ market and a car show featuring vintage vehicles. The LCBC is inviting performers (many of them locally-based)’musical, dance, speakers, and re-enactors’to entertain throughout the weekend, and there will also be opportunities for local food and craft vendors to participate. To close the weekend celebration, the LCBC is planning a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. The LCBC welcomes anyone interested in participating in the celebration. There are many ways to be involved, whether as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, performer, or parade participant (the LCBC is encouraging towns, schools, and organizations to enter floats), and a committee has been set up to develop ways area students can become involved. The LCBC is encouraging anyone interested in participating to go to www.champlainbridgecommunity.org(link is external) for further details and contact information, or call 802-759-2000.Event Fundraising All funding to promote and host the celebration events will be raised from corporate and private donations. No public monies from the states of Vermont or New York are being made available. If you’re interested in donating or sponsoring an event, email LCBC at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). An official program will be published by the Addison Independent, with a portion of the proceeds going to LCBC to help fund the celebration. For details on advertising in the guide, email@example.com(link sends e-mail). About the Lake Champlain Bridge Community Members of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community include area residents, representatives from local business, historical sites, local governments, and chambers of commerce. The Community can be found on the Web at www.champlainbridgecommunity.org(link is external). Soruce: Crown Point, N.Y./Addison, Vt. ‘ May 9, 2011 ‘ The Lake Champlain Bridge Community The website can be found at: www.champlainbridgecommunity.org(link is external). Photos: VBM file March 2011
Congrats to Batesville Bulldog Swimmer Matt Weiler on placing 15th in The 50 Yard Freestyle at The Boys Swimming State Finals in Indy.This is Matt’s 2nd appearance in The State Finals.Also-Congrats to Coach TJ Greene as well as to Matt Weiler from the Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI!
ENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes has the support of “the whole sport and the country” after criticising The Sun over a story it ran about his family, a leading cricket chief says.Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), added he was “disgusted and appalled” by the newspaper’s actions.Stokes has called yesterday’s front-page story “utterly disgusting”.But The Sun has defended its journalism.It pointed out it had received the cooperation of a family member and said the events described were “a matter of public record” and “the subject of extensive front-page publicity in New Zealand at the time”.The story prompted a statement from Stokes, the England and Durham all-rounder. The 28-year-old said it was the “lowest form of journalism” which dealt with “deeply personal and traumatic events” that affected his New Zealand-based family more than 30 years ago.Stokes was born in New Zealand and moved to Cumbria with his family aged 12.He won the Cricket World Cup with England this summer then made an unlikely 135 not out in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley last month to keep England in contention in the series.His comments on the story drew support from various figures in the sport and public life, and team-mates including England captain Joe Root.“We, like the wider sporting world, are disgusted and appalled at the actions taken in revealing the tragic events from Ben’s past,” Harrison said in the ECB’s statement.“We are saddened that an intrusion of this magnitude was deemed necessary in order to sell newspapers or secure clicks. Ben’s exploits at Lord’s and Headingley cemented his place in cricket history this summer – we are sure the whole sport, and the country, stand behind him in support.”Ben Stokes’ statement in fullToday the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events.On Saturday the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ home in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely.But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own.The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.The article also contains serious inaccuracies which have compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave.WHAT DID THE SUN SAY?A spokesperson for the Sun said: “The Sun has the utmost sympathy for Ben Stokes and his mother but it is only right to point out the story was told with the cooperation of a family member who supplied details, provided photographs and posed for pictures.“The tragedy is also a matter of public record and was the subject of extensive front page publicity in New Zealand at the time.“The Sun has huge admiration for Ben Stokes and we were delighted to celebrate his sporting heroics this summer. He was contacted prior to publication and at no stage did he or his representatives ask us not to publish the story.” (BBC Sport)
The seventh-ranked Women of Troy dodged two tough teams on the road against Colorado and Denver, prolonging their undefeated record. They are now one of two teams in the nation without a loss. The Trojans (13-0, 7-0 MPSF) initially faced off against Colorado Friday and were triumphant in a long battle that ultimately came down to a game-winning goal by junior attacker Cynthia Del Core in the final 16 seconds, resulting in a 9-8 Trojan victory. “We all just looked at each other and we have a lot of trust in each other and we know that even in a close game, if we stick together we can pull out a W,” senior defender Courtney Tarleton said. “I think the biggest thing is not over-thinking any play and just working together the whole time.”Unlike previous contests in which the Trojans led their opponents by a high margin, this game remained neck and neck for the majority of competition with the score tied 5-5 at the half. Five minutes into the second half, the Buffaloes sent a shot into the back of the net to give them a one-goal advantage. With 14:48 remaining, the Trojans countered and regained an 8-7 lead with a pair of goals from senior midfielders Kelsey Dreyer and Amanda Johansen. However, Colorado’s Johnna Fusco rebounded with her third goal of the game to tie the score at eight all. At this point it came down to confidence. “The biggest thing was having confidence throughout and not getting away from the things that we’ve been doing all season and making sure that no matter what the score, to just stay confident and stick to our game plan and continue to do the things that we’ve been doing all season,” head coach Lindsay Munday said. Following a thirteen minute defensive battle, Del Core executed for the Trojans sending a shot into the back of the net to grant the Trojans their 12th win of the season. Despite the USC victory, the Buffaloes in fact recorded more draw controls and ground balls.“Colorado is a really great team and they were really patient and had a good gameplan coming in,” Munday said. “They beat us on the 50-50 category in draw controls and ground balls so they had more opportunities because they had the ball more. That was something we really wanted to focus on going into Denver, making sure we win those 50-50 categories so we have more opportunities than the other team.With 12 wins under their belts the Women of Troy faced another strong opponent in Denver, winning 9-6 to maintain their undefeated streak. Junior attacker Michaela Michael grounded the team on offense scoring 3 goals to go along with two assists, five draw controls and three ground balls. Michael has scored 3 goals for the seventh time in her career and had her 23rd career game with 3 or more goals. In addition to a forceful offense, the Trojan defense maintained a strong front, highlighted by a solid performance by sophomore goalie Gussie Johns who had five saves and a ground ball. “The biggest thing was being in some uncomfortable positions that we weren’t in so far this season,” Munday said. “Both teams challenged us in really different ways and there were times where our confidence could have been tested. That’s really a testament to the girls that they stay true to the things that we’ve been doing and that they stay confident no matter what.” The Trojans next hit the road Friday April 15th to face No. 13 Northwestern and No. 5 Notre Dame on Monday April 18th.