VHB Pioneer transitions to VHB

first_imgVHB,Effective September 15, having successfully completed its integration into Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), the firm’s Vermont office will no longer be marketing itself as ‘VHB Pioneer.’The merger of the two firms that took place in January 2008 was built on an existing relationship between VHB and ‘Pioneer Environmental Associates LLC’ of Vermont. For nearly three years, VHB has benefited from the excellent reputation of the Pioneer name in Vermont as the office continued to integrate transportation and land development services with environmental consulting expertise, strengthening the firm’s regional prominence in Vermont and Northern New England. The North Ferrisburgh office now has a staff of over 30 professionals, and offers a full suite of services to better serve clients in the region.‘The past few years have proved to be very successful for VHB in Vermont and the Northern New England region. The merger of the two firms has provided new opportunities, resources, and enthusiasm, which demonstrate the benefits of joining forces,’ explained Vermont office manager, Jeff Nelson. ‘We are excited to fully transition to VHB and continue to build on these successes in the future.’The North Ferrisburgh, Vt. office is the firm’s second northern New England office. The firm also has an office in Bedford, New Hampshire. Together the Northern New England team comprises nearly 100 employees.About Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.Watertown, Massachusetts-based Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. is an 850-person firm that provides integrated transportation, land development and environmental services from 19 offices along the east coast. Engineering News-Record ranks VHB 82nd of the Top 500 U.S. Design Firms and among the Top 50 Transportation Firms in the Nation. CE News magazine consistently ranks VHB among the Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For in the U.S. For more information, visit www.vhb.com(link is external). Source: VHB. North Ferrisburgh, Vt., (September 21, 2010) ‘last_img read more

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Boxer to fight for a cause

first_imgELLSWORTH — Chris Sarro will be fighting for a cause on May 13 in Manhattan.The Ellsworth boxer will compete in an event called the May Melee, which will exclusively benefit the Give a Kid a Dream program. Sarro is training and raising money for the foundation.“It’s for an extremely good cause,” Sarro said. “It’s helping kids find a path in life through boxing.”Since 1991, Give a Kid a Dream has provided children from disadvantaged backgrounds both mentorship and a place to develop themselves both physically and mentally through the sport of boxing.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTo donate to Sarro’s fundraiser, visit crowdrise.com/chrissarro. To learn more about the event, visit mayatbbkings.com.last_img read more

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Syracuse crushes Colgate, 3-0, on strength of forwards’ play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 A single file line of Syracuse players stretched from the just a few yards beside the SU bench to around the penalty box. One by one, Kenny Lassiter, Johannes Pieles and Oyvind Alseth, among others, sprinted toward to the sideline. Lassiter leapt in the arms of a teammate and rose above his celebrating teammates.The junior forward snuck a hard grounder into the bottom right corner of the net to put No. 6 Syracuse (3-0) ahead of Colgate (2-1) 2-0. He had eased himself to midfield, then played a give-and-go, keep-away game with Pieles for 40 yards. Lassiter’s score came amid SU’s three-goal parade in its dominant 3-0 win over Colgate Thursday night at SU Soccer Stadium.“When we can move the ball and get wide guys involved and get crosses in the box, we will cause teams problems,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said.The ball had slipped from Lassiter’s foot a number of times on the night before he scored. Pieles nonchalantly lollygagged on a pass and whiffed early in the game. In the first 45 minutes SU generated only five shots, two of which came from Nanco. McIntyre said he was disappointed with the first half.Liam Callahan attributed the field’s choppier-than-usual condition as for why he mishandled one ball. He had shaken-off a Colgate defender in a one-on-one near the sideline by SU’s bench and, when he went to hit the ball, it bounced up a little high, causing him to lose control of it. He knelt over in frustration.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It still looked like we were in classroom mode,” McIntyre said. “Some of us were still in some kind of math session rather than a hotly contested Division I contest.“But give our guys credit for responding in the second half,” he added.The response started with players up front, who combined with SU midfielders for a potent dynamic Thursday night, McIntyre said.Nanco’s penalty kick stemmed when a ball came from above. A Colgate defender muffed it and Nanco, with a light shove, “tussled” the player in an attempt to win possession. Raiders defenders had been aggressive all night — this was no different, earning the Orange a penalty kick.“I was literally just trying to win a corner or something like that,” Nanco said. “I felt him pushing on my back in the box (and) I kind of just went down.”On the kick, which came in the 23rd minute, Nanco wiped his face and took a breath before slotting the hard shot into the bottom right of the goal. He leaned his body to the left to fake the goalie and give his ball just the space it needed past the diving goalie and the post.The rest of the first half was relatively quiet. Shots were at a premium and good looks were even more scarce. Nanco, who scored a goal in each half, tallied two of SU’s five shots in the opening 45 minutes of play. SU commanded possession but did not get many looks.That changed early in the second half. Liam Callahan found a ball that had fiddled out of a scurry around midfield in the 56th minute. He had already drawn out where Lassiter was so that when the ball found him, he instantly booted it up the field and pushed the tempo.That set up the two-man game between Pieles, who has scored or assisted on four of SU’s eight goals this year, and Lassiter from about 40 yards out. Pieles had split the middle, dribbled past a defender and dished it to Lassiter. Pieles nailed the timing, rifling a diagonal pass to Lassiter in stride from about 15 yards out.Pieles showed mobility, balance and razor-sharp focus to convert on the breakaway. The play happened so fast — roughly five seconds from midfield to the net — that Liam Callahan said he doesn’t remember how the play developed.“I’m not even sure who scored it, to be honest with you,” Callahan said. “It was very fast.”With five minutes left and the match all but over, Nanco scooped up a ball near the net and put it in the high right corner. John-Austin Ricks dribbled as Nanco ran to the first post for a cross from Ricks. Nanco was right there for the ball, which deflected off a Colgate defender a few yards outside of the goal.“Until that third one went in,” McIntyre said, “they were still knocking on the door.” Commentslast_img read more

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The Best of Badger Football

first_imgThe Badger Herald recognizes (from left to right) Chris Borland, Melvin Gordon, Montee Ball, Derek Watt and Bret Bielema.[/media-credit]Offensive Player of the Year: Montee BallMontee Ball jogged onto the Camp Randall field Sept. 1 as a Heisman favorite. He left as one of the most accomplished running backs in the history of Wisconsin, a program that counts Ron Dayne and Alan Ameche among its alumni.His career ended in a fashion similar to what many expected, anchoring the Badgers’ offense with another brutally efficient 1,830-yard, 22-touchdown season. Yet, what came between Sept. 1 and a Rose Bowl loss to Stanford exactly four months later was anything but expected. Ball crawled through the early part of the season with only two 100-yard performances in his first five games. The offensive line – little more than a collapsing wall before former head coach Bret Bielema fired offensive line coach Mike Markuson two weeks into the season – improved as the Big Ten season took hold and Ball’s season took off accordingly.In eight of his final nine games in a Wisconsin uniform, he rushed for more than 100 yards and twice ran for 200-plus, including a career-high 247 yards in an October trouncing of Purdue. His low numbers early on proved too much for a late Heisman charge, but at year’s end he had locked up the Doak Walker Award (awarded to the nation’s top running back) and was a near-consensus First Team All-American for the second straight year. The man famously buried at No. 3 on the depth chart midway through his sophomore season effectively ingrained his name among the best players in Wisconsin history, carrying his team through a tumultuous season and back to Pasadena, Calif. along the way. Defensive Player of the Year: Chris BorlandIs there any surprise here? Borland is single-handedly one of the most versatile linebackers in the nation. The redshirt junior middle linebacker was named First Team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches thanks to his 104 tackles in just 12 games and his 4.5 sacks, his best total since his Freshman of the Year campaign in 2009.Borland also has a nose for big games. The Rose Bowl was no different, as Borland recorded nine tackles against Stanford, one of the most physical teams in the country. In the Big Ten Championship, Borland recorded 13 tackles and punched out the football to force the 13th fumble of his career, which is the top mark in the history of the Wisconsin football program and dangerously close to the NCAA record of 14. Borland also recovered or forced a fumble in five games this season.Although plagued late in the year with a hamstring injury that cost him two games, Borland still managed to record over 100 tackles and led a Wisconsin defense that ranked in the top 25 nationally in total yards allowed per game, points allowed per game and rushing yards allowed per game.There’s a reason so many teams in 2012 constantly ran to the outside on the Badgers. Sure, the Wisconsin defensive tackles are massive, but No. 44 was always waiting to make the play. Just ask Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, who got pile-driven to the ground when he tried to test the middle against Borland in Lucas Oil Stadium.Rookie of the Year: Derek WattAfter just one season of play under his belt, it might not be too far of a stretch to think fullback Derek Watt will shape a legacy of his own at Wisconsin.The brother of former Wisconsin All-American and defensive end J.J. Watt – the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year – Derek did his older brother proud, winning the starting job outright early in the season after sharing time with Sherard Cadogan.Watt proved his worth in the running game, serving as the primary lead blocker for Ball and a Badgers’ rushing attack that finished the season ranked 13th in the nation at 236.36 yards per game.But it wasn’t just his run blocking that made the redshirt freshman so valuable. Watt served as an important target in the passing game, recording twelve receptions for 150 yards and emerging as one of quarterback Curt Phillips favorite targets during the last third of the season.And the contributions don’t end there. Watt was a standout on special teams, recording 13 tackles and recovering a fumble. There’s just something about those Watt boys.Play of the Year: Melvin Gordon, Big Ten Championship GamePhillips took the snap at the 44-yard line two minutes into the first quarter and quickly handed it off to Melvin Gordon. Gordon faked a cut inside, planted with his right foot and bounced outside. Using his speed to avoid the grasp of Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford in the backfield, Gordon made it another 20 yards before a Cornhusker even came into view, as all an out-of-position P.J. Smith could do was get a hand on the tailback’s ankle. Gordon didn’t miss a beat. It was off to the races and, thanks to a Jared Abbrederis block, the lightning-fast tailback was not touched again on his way to the end zone for the 56-yard score.On just Wisconsin’s fourth play from scrimmage, the table had been set for the Badgers’ shocking 70-31 rout of a Nebraska team that entered Lucas Oil Stadium as the favorite. The first of 10 touchdowns UW amassed as it claimed a second straight Big Ten title, players had only Gordon to thank for establishing a strong tone early. The redshirt freshman gained 216 yards on only nine carries, which is good for a ridiculous 24 yards per touch. He didn’t score again, but Gordon was the first to expose a Nebraska defense that spent much of the game watching another cardinal jersey gallop into the end zone for another score while sprawled on the turf.In one play, Gordon offered the underdog and its small contingent in Indianapolis hope for another trip to the Rose Bowl.Best Game of the Year: Big Ten Championship GameWisconsin came into Lucas Oil Stadium looking like a horse on its last leg. Losers of three of its last four contests and in the Leaders’ spot of the Big Ten Championship game by default, it seemed the entirety of the media and so-called were picking Nebraska to emerge victorious and head to Pasadena.But, the Badgers had other plans, as three running backs rushed for more than 100 yards on the ground and the team steamrolled the Cornhuskers in the most dominating display of football for in the 2012 season.Ball and Gordon each tallied over 200 yards as the Badgers’ offensive line and wide receivers paved clean rushing lanes for the ground attack, as each touchdown sent Husker players back to the sideline shaking their heads and head coach Bo Pelini shell-shocked.It was the only time in the season Wisconsin played an entire four quarters of football from start to finish, as the team put its foot down on the gas pedal and never let up. It was a crown jewel of play calling for then-offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who finally put his doubters to rest by keeping Nebraska off-balance with trick plays and the jet-sweep, attacking the opponent’s weakness on the edge with the speed of Gordon, Ball and James White.Storyline of the Year: Bielema heads to ArkansasTo say Bielema’s departure arrived with anything less than utter shock would be a severe understatement. The day before that Tuesday afternoon when Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde first reported Bielema had agreed to step down in favor of the head coaching gig at Arkansas, rumors loosely tied his name to the vacancy at Tennessee. However, no local reporters considered it to be anything more than the runoff of the rumor mill. After all, this was Wisconsin legend Barry Alvarez’s hand-picked successor, a man cut from Alvarez’s own cloth. In his seven years with the program, Bielema never appeared to have his eyes locked on bigger and better things.But he proved all that wrong in a matter of hours Dec. 4. After a brief 10-minute meeting to bid farewell to his players, his title shifted from head coach to former head coach. The man who seemed to have Big Ten football coursing through his veins had left for the big, bad and powerful SEC. Taking under-handed swipes at Wisconsin in his introductory press conference with the Razorbacks – notably saying he came to Arkansas because he wanted to win a national title and his salary pool for assistants was much lower at UW – he drew ire from the Badger fans who had never fully embraced him.His reasoning for leaving the team he led to three-straight Rose Bowls gradually made more sense as his yearning to step beyond the reaches of Alvarez’s long shadow and establish his own legacy far from his predecessor’s coattails became clearer. “Just felt like it was time for me to try and spread my wings and fly a little bit further,” Bielema said in his introductory press conference at Arkansas. Fly he did into the depths of the most competitive division in college football – the SEC West – and Wisconsin fans will watch from afar, many with a lingering sense of betrayal.last_img read more

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