The McKernon Group is pleased to be honored with a 5th AnnualExcellence in Housing Award in the commercial construction category for thecompany’s work in revitalizing downtown Brandon’s Howe Scale Block. Theaward was presented to The McKernon Group by the Home Builders andRemodelers Association of Southern Vermont at an award ceremony on January14th.Kevin Birchmore, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of TheMcKernon Group accepted the award, attending the event with Project ManagerBrian Thomas.”A lot of people worked really hard on this project. Several of thebuildings had to be rebuilt from the ground up. I hope that all the peopleworking on downtown Brandon for almost a year feel good about the award.They did the heavy lifting, they’re the ones who deserve to be recognized.We’re also grateful that everyone in Brandon was patient. I live in Brandon,and it’s great to see the town so improved,” remarked Kevin Birchmore fromThe McKernon Group’s offices in Brandon’s Park Village a mile north ofdowntown.Two of the three commercial buildings on Center Street, Route 7 indowntown Brandon are occupied. Demerest and MacNeal Interior Design, Inc.has retail space in 15 Center Street. Everywear for Everybody, is opening asecond store in 17 Center Street this month. Eleven Center Street with itslandscaped terrace, and overlooking Memorial Park would be a perfect spotfor a restaurant. It is currently under consideration by several parties.
Most of you know by now of the incident that caused Tony Stewart to miss part of this years’ NASCAR racing season. In a dirt-track race in New York his car was involved in a mishap with a car driven by Kevin Ward, Jr. After Ward hit the wall, he jumped out of his car and ran down the track to confront Stewart’s car which was still racing. The result was a violent collision that killed the young New York driver.Immediately after the race, Stewart was examined by a race doctor and cleared because it was obvious he was not under the influence of any outside substances. However, when the autopsy was complete on Kevin Ward, it was determined that he had a high amount of marijuana in his system. When the final verdict was released by a grand jury, Ward was determined to be what is generally called “high”.It is a shame that Columbus, Indiana’s, Tony Stewart will have to live with this for the rest of his life, and it is quite obvious that Stewart has been drastically affected by this. If you are not familiar with dirt track racing, the track surface is very slick and the control of these cars is very limited. You literally slide around the short track surfaces. It will not bring Ward back, but his actions on the track “seem” to indicate that he might not have been completely in control of his actions.
Wayne Rooney has leapt to the defence of under-fire Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The former Atletico Madrid man has come in for heavy criticism in the past couple of weeks. De Gea was blamed by Gary Neville, among others, for a stoppage-time Tottenham equaliser a fortnight ago, prompting manager Sir Alex Ferguson to hit out at the opinions of “idiots”. But De Gea produced a series of excellent saves at Fulham on Saturday as United eked out a crucial 1-0 win, and Rooney said: “David has made some great saves over the last few weeks. I know he got a little bit of criticism after the Tottenham game but it wasn’t the biggest mistake I’ve ever seen. We’re all behind him. He’s a great player for the future as well.” There are still issues to be addressed about De Gea’s future. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is believed to be a fan and there have been suggestions the Primera Division champions will attempt to take Spain’s Olympic keeper home in the summer, even if there is a change of manager at the Bernabeu. And the certainty Jack Butland will join Stoke in the summer gives credence to speculation that Asmir Begovic will make the short journey north from the Britannia Stadium to Old Trafford at the same time. Even Ferguson’s post-match admission on Saturday that goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has been urging De Gea to enjoy his time at Old Trafford is an indicator all is not well with a player who cost £18million just 18 months ago. But, for now at least, United are circling the wagons around someone, for good or bad, they will have to rely on for the remainder of the campaign. “People underestimate the reflexes he’s got,” defender Jonny Evans said. “We are used to seeing him do that. His shot-stopping ability is very good and his save from (John Arne) Riise was excellent.” Press Association
The University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (8-3-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten) lost the final game of their East Coast trip against Rutgers University (9-1-2, 3-1-1 Big Ten).The trip east was not a pleasant one for Wisconsin, after they tied with Maryland on Friday and lost to Rutgers on Saturday. The trip back will be a time for coaches and players to reflect and strategize, so the team can improve for their final six-game stretch of the regular season.Though Wisconsin has continued to play exceptional defense all season, their offense has been stagnant as of late. In a little over two periods against Rutgers, the team amassed four shots, only two of which were on goal.Women’s soccer: Badgers fall to Michigan in overtime, ending seven game winning streakEven though the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team managed to take the game into overtime, they would still fall Read…Since Big Ten play began, the Badgers have yet to score more than two goals in a game. During that time, strikers Dani Rhodes and Lauren Rice have dominated control of the offense. While Victoria Pickett has had a decent number of shots on goal for a midfielder — eleven — the team may want to consider using Pickett and other midfielders more to space the field and create better shot opportunities.Despite the offensive shortcomings, the main takeaway from this game is that both of these defenses are on an elite level. The Badgers’ Caitlyn Clem held the Scarlet Knights scoreless during regulation of her fifth straight overtime match — it was a goal within the first minute of overtime by Amirah Ali that secured the shutout for Rutgers’ star keeper Casey Murphy.Casey Murphy has been nothing short of stellar all season for the Scarlet Knights. With ten shutouts so far, Murphy maintains a .968 save percentage and shows no signs of slowing down. Fortunately, Clem’s also impressive .745 save percentage will give the Badgers ample opportunity to redeem themselves in a potential rematch during the Big Ten tournament.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin holds on to defeat Michigan State in overtimeThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer once again delivered in a clutch overtime situation during a 2-1 victory over the Read…With less than a month remaining in regular season play, Wisconsin will need to improve their Big Ten record if they want a high seed in the conference tournament. Among these games will be a statement matchup against #6 Penn State, the only ranked opponent remaining on their schedule. But first, the Badger women will first look to win their next matchup against the Purdue Boilermakers.Wisconsin will focus on the schedule ahead after their heartbreaking loss in New Jersey as they attempt to take down rival Purdue this Friday.
Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 07:18 IST On Hold: Fall Athletes Try To Assess Future Devin Meyrer has the same feelings as many athletes in conferences that have seen their fall seasons postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He understands why the decision was made, but he isn’t sure whether it will be feasible to conduct a season in the spring LIVE TV Devin Meyrer has the same feelings as many athletes in conferences that have seen their fall seasons postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He understands why the decision was made, but he isn’t sure whether it will be feasible to conduct a season in the spring.The University of Michigan distance runner participates in cross country in the fall, before shifting to indoor track in the winter and the outdoor season in the spring. For some athletes who do both cross country and track, some decisions might have to be made.“We have no idea of how the logistics will work, especially for those of us who compete all three seasons,” Meyrer said. “There are going to be schedule conflicts, but we’ll be ready for any variable.”College athletes who compete in Olympic sports during the fall say they figured their seasons were at risk well before the NCAA and some conferences announced postponements. They also say it was better to make this move in advance than having to shut things down in the middle of a season.Meyrer has been caught in both scenarios. He was running well last year and placed 16th at the NCAA Division I Cross Country meet, but saw his outdoor season canceled two weeks before it started. He also saw teammates not get to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships, which were canceled after everyone arrived to compete.“For distance runners this means we have lost two consecutive seasons,” he said. “Spring was a shock to the system because everyone had to go home and you lose that team camaraderie. This is more like a slow burn. We were excited to show the work we had done since March even if the opportunity to race was being done in a controlled environment.”Dana Rettke and her Wisconsin volleyball team were well into preparations for another possible Final Four run when the Big Ten’s postponement announcement came on Aug. 11. However, she wasn’t shocked by the outcome because of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the Midwest during the summer.“The chances of having a season were decreasing. There was a bigger fear of knowing if there was going to be a second wave if we were already into the season,” she said.The senior middle blocker, who is the reigning Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, is trying not to get too wrapped up in what a spring season might look like because too many unknowns remain. Her biggest concern is making sure she follows all the necessary protocols for the two classes she will have that won’t be online.Rettke also hopes they will get a chance to have a season after the Badgers advanced to the national championship game last season before losing to Stanford.“The recent practices honestly were some of the most fun I have had in the gym. Now we have an entire fall semester to prepare which will be beneficial,” Rettke said.While most teams in the Midwest had an opportunity to begin practicing, Stanford’s Catarina Macario and Southern California’s Marcus Longton had not even gotten that far. Local health regulations have restricted most California schools to just conditioning workouts.Macario is a senior forward at Stanford, which is the defending NCAA women’s soccer champion, while Longton is on USC’s water polo team. He is a sophomore driver on the Trojans, who reached the final last year.“As defending national champions we have to set and keep the tone that we will be here and ready to compete,” Macario said. “We will keep training as if things will play out in the spring. Hopefully by then schools and conferences will have figured out a safer way to compete and travel and do the things we used to before.”Another concern is what the field would look like during an NCAA tournament. If the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences decide to compete in the fall, they would be ineligible to be in the tournament.Even if it wasn’t the usual field, Macario stressed that a national title would still be the goal.A spring men’s water polo season could also be compressed due to logistics. Not only would their season be going on at the same time as the women’s, it would also come in the midst of preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo Games, which are supposed to take place next summer.Four members of USC’s men’s team are training with the U.S. team, but the Olympic roster still isn’t set.“The coaches are working to have every player on their best training scenario,” Longton said. “Maybe some guys go compete with their old clubs. Whatever happens all my team is on board if there is any chance to have a season. 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