Vermont Public Television Board elects Harwood, new officers

first_imgBrian Harwood of Waterbury, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Vermont Public Television (VPT), Vermont’s statewide public television network.  One of the state’s best-known radio personalities and a Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame member, he is morning host on WCVT Classic Vermont.  He was formerly chair and CEO of hmc2 advertising in Stowe.  Since his retirement from the firm, he serves as chair emeritus.Harwood succeeds James Wyant of Pointe Claire, Que., who continues on the VPT board as past chair.Pamela Mackenzie of S. Burlington, Vt., was elected vice chair.  She is the area vice president for Comcast in Vermont and western Massachusetts.Source: VPT 7.2.2010last_img read more

Campbell backs Arsenal to challenge

first_imgFormer defender Sol Campbell believes Arsenal can become genuine challengers once again next season if they buy a couple more players who can “frighten” the opposition. Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who had been in superb form before his thigh injury on Boxing Day, marked his return to fitness with a goal in the 3-0 win at Hull, when German playmaker Mesut Ozil was also fit again following six weeks out because of a hamstring tear. With England forward Theo Walcott set to miss the World Cup with the serious knee injury and Jack Wilshere also currently on the way back from a fractured foot, Arsenal have certainly seen their squad stretched. Campbell – a bedrock of the Invincibles championship side from 2003/2004 – believes with a few more high-calibre players for manager Arsene Wenger to pick from, there is no reason why his old team cannot last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race once again, having faded badly since the turn of the year after going out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich. “You have got to get to the stage where teams are frightened of you. You need options and they could do with a few more players who could frighten other teams with their playing ability,” said Campbell, speaking at an Independent Arsenal Supporters’ Association question-and-answer session to help promote his new book, Sol Campbell – The Authorised Biography. “It will turn, but you need that cutting edge in your side. The board might have to put their head on the block and go for it and do not be scared. “If you spend money on a player and it does not work, you have to go again. “Yes you can get players through scouting around the world, but ultimately these players are ready made and you have got to play top dollar to get them in. “Arsenal need some more players who are ready-made and world-class. With everyone fit, I think they need another three players.” Campbell added: “Injuries have not helped Arsenal this season. Who knows, if Aaron Ramsey was fit, Theo Walcott did not get injured and Jack Wilshere played more regularly, you never know. “They could be in a situation like Liverpool, who have not had many injuries.” Arsenal will tackle Hull at Wembley in the FA Cup final on May 17 looking to finally end a near decade trophy drought. Wenger insists his men – who before then are aiming to secure a top-four finish, with Newcastle coming to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night – will be fully focused. Campbell knows from first-hand experience the dangers of taking anything for granted in the world’s oldest knockout competition, having been part of the 2008 Portsmouth side which beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and went on to lift the trophy. “In the quarter-finals we played against Manchester United, they were confident, but in the FA Cup you never know. We were not expected to win anything that season at Portsmouth,” he said. “Hopefully Arsenal can heed that and realise that you have to earn it. “Do not think ‘here is the FA Cup’. Hull will have a different game, so hopefully Arsenal will understand that.” Campbell played more than 200 games for Arsenal over two spells at the north London club, having first joined in a controversial switch from Spurs in 2001, and won 73 caps for England at two World Cups before he finally retired from playing in May 2012 The 39-year-old maintains he is keen to one day return to football, but only at the right time. He added: “I know I have to do the (coaching) badges. I know I am not ready now, but I know I am going to have to do it. “I am very tactical and like breaking teams down in my head, like a chess board. I love characters as well. “Football is a beautiful game. I have had a fantastic time playing. “As a manager, if I really go for it and am really committed, I will really go for it. “I want to win everything I did not win as a player. I want to be ready. “Sometimes I think players go from having a long career, straight into management and they are burned out. “It is full on and maybe I am not ready for that yet. I know that, when I am ready, I have got everything in place. “If I have to go abroad to start things, I will do that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Erickson: Crazy rowers hope to repeat 2010 success

first_imgI’ve preached to you about women’s hockey. I’ve mentioned the 180 the softball team has taken. Now, it’s time to shed some light on a few of Wisconsin’s lesser-known athletes.If you like water, boats, oars and the ability to flex some insane muscle mass, rowing may very well be for you.But before you get too excited, you should be aware of grueling 6 a.m. workouts and the constant feeling of wanting to say “eff it” that the rowers endure. Doesn’t sound too terrible, right? Well, let’s just say rowing has its ups and downs and is definitely not a sport for everyone.Last year, the Wisconsin women’s open-weight rowing team raced to one of its best finishes ever. The squad won the Big Ten Conference title, and as a team had a program-best seventh place finish at the NCAA’s with individual boats taking spots as high as third.In light of last year’s triumph, the team is expecting to do just as well, if not better.“The combination of confidence supplied by the underclassmen mixed with the upperclassmen’s constant reminder of the struggle to achieve the victories in 2010 create the perfect launching pad into even better triumphs in 2011,” junior Hayley Leinss said in an email to The Badger Herald.However, recognizing that success has been more difficult for the squad this season thanks to the Wisconsin weather and a winter that just doesn’t know the meaning of goodbye.UW rows against schools from across the country on a regular basis. Schools in California, Texas and other warmer climates actually have the opportunity to row their boats on water.Wisconsin hasn’t been so fortunate.“I think every season starts kind of rocky for [us], spring break is the first time we’re on the water since November and we go up against teams that have open water all year round,” junior Rachel Buchholtz said in an email to The Badger Herald. “I think we’re going to be faster this year than we were last year, we just wont peak until the end of the season when we’ve gotten more water time and finalized the line-ups for the fastest boats.”In fact, the Badgers have had more time on the water elsewhere than on Lake Mendota, their home course.So far this season, Wisconsin has competed in four regattas, three of which have taken place outside the Midwest.Instead of being able to actually row, the Badgers have been building their strength and endurance, transforming themselves into one of the fittest teams in the field. Their regimens have a clear translation to the boat when it comes time to actually race.Despite the lack of water time so far this season, the team has already showed promise.Through their four regattas (which span days) the Badgers have finished in the top four in three of them. Wisconsin won its Big Ten double dual against Michigan and Michigan State. Most notably, UW raced two boats in the San Diego Crew Classic – which wasn’t a team event – and each placed fourth.“We were very successful at the Crew Classic, finishing fourth, beating out the University of Washington who was ranked ahead of us,” Buchholtz said.If Wisconsin wants to build off the success it had last year, the whole team has to be committed. Rowing has no quarterback to lead an offense or goalie to keep the other team from scoring. But it’s also not an individual effort.Each rower in each seat on each boat must be committed to the team effort. If one rower is off, the whole boat will have issues.“It’s the ultimate team sport,” Buchholtz said. “There are no star players, one person can’t carry the team and if one person has an off day…the whole boat has an off day. You can have the eight fastest rowers in one boat and it still won’t go fast if they aren’t perfectly in sync.”As much as they rely on one another, the rowers also know they all have the same mindset – they’re crazy and will never be able to fully explain their love for their sport.For those people who don’t row, it looks easy. For those who have known the pain, they question why someone would ever commit themselves to four years of it, competing at the collegiate level.“To be a rower, you walk a fine line between dedication, obsession and just plain crazy,” Leinss said. “The lack of recognition on campus provides fuel to the fire for most rowers. A typical morning of waking up while it’s still dark, biking to the boathouse, practicing on icy Lake Mendota while trying to avoid sinking from all the whitecaps and then rushing to an 8:50 [a.m. class] starving and still chilled to the bone only to hear other students complain about how tired they are tends to bring to mind the words, ‘You don’t even know.’”After an indefinable amount of time on the team, most girls quit.“Out of the 160 girls who start on the novice roster their freshman year, maybe eight will make it all four years,” Buchholtz added.While rowing might not get much recognition on campus – like many other non-revenue sports – it carries a chip on its shoulder that only makes it stronger.Kelly is sophomore intending to major in journalism. Do you think the rowers are just plain insane? Let her know at or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.last_img read more