first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is continuing to protect the roads from flooding effects, particularly around Lake Champlain and the Islands. While lake levels have crested and are beginning to recede, strong winds from the north are now continuing to affect some roads.  VTrans is monitoring the situation, and taking immediate action when needed to shore up the roads affected.  Traffic controls are also in place to assist construction vehicles for road improvement operations that continue throughout the day in some areas.  Delays can be expected along Route 2 between Milton and the Islands.  Travelers are cautioned to please drive slowly and, if possible, to avoid the area during commuting times.  Road work is expected to continue throughout the area until at least Wednesday. Road Updates as of Monday, 4 pm: Ongoing Areas of Concern: Route 2 / Sandbar / Causeway:   Water is still over the road surface (up to 6 inches in some areas), and travel is slow.  VTrans has completed installation of jersey barriers which are intended to delineate the edge of the roadway and keep debris out of the travel way.  Crews have armored the south side of the causeway with large stone and are currently working on armoring the north side of the causeway.  Crews expect to be done with armoring the causeway by Wednesday. Route 2 / City Bay  and Carry Bay:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Alburgh-North Hero Bridge / ‘Mother’s Bend’:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Just north of Alburgh-North Hero Bridge:  Crews have installed jersey barrier and built up the roadbed with crushed stone.  The work is done, and the area is being monitored. Route 78 / Swanton:  Crews continue to armor the banks with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Delineators have been installed to define the edge of the roadway.  Road is now clear of water. Route 129 / Ilse La Motte:  Traffic down to one lane as crews continue to armor the causeway with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Areas with water over the road are being constantly monitored. Travelers should proceed with caution. Route 17 in Chimney Point (previously closed) remains open. I-89 Southbound in Milton reduced to one-lane traffic due to instability of the right lane. Route 118 between Montgomery and Belvidere is down to one lane in  multiple locations. These are extended events that will last until further notice. Route 122 in Lyndon, between the Interstate and Wheelock Road, is down to one lane due to slope failure.  This will be an extended event that will last until further notice. Route 114 between Canaan and Island Pond, through Norton, is down to one lane in several areas due to multiple slope failures. State Road Closures: Route 7 / Highgate / ‘Tyler Place’:   Closed due to flooding and debris.  Area is being monitored and we anticipate being able to open the road later in the week. Route 36 in St. Albans, between Georgia Shore Road and McQuam Road, is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. We anticipate an extended closure. Route 125 near Chimney Point is closed approximately 13 miles west of Middlebury.  Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville to Stowe, remains closed, weather pending. Note that the Chimney Point and Grand Isle ferries are still running on schedule.last_img read more

first_img Published on January 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: Comments A year after doing the unthinkable and getting 11 teams into the NCAA Tournament, the Big East looks upside down.‘I think we’ve all seen each year something unique in the league,’ Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Jan. 12. ‘Last year, it was 11 teams, everybody was like, ‘Wow, can you believe this?’ Now, as you said, the league has kind of turned upside down, and we’re saying, ‘Can you believe that?’ I think the one thing we all know about the Big East is that you never know what’s going to happen.’There’s perhaps no better example than Pittsburgh. The Panthers finished the 2010-11 season at 28-6 and captured the Big East regular-season championship with a 15-3 conference record. Pittsburgh earned the No. 1 seed in the Southeast Region of the NCAA Tournament, eventually getting upset by No. 8 Butler in the third round.But this year, the Panthers are on the exact opposite end of the conference standings. Pittsburgh sits in last place in the conference at 0-7 in the Big East. The team’s last win came against St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 20, which made it 11-1 on the young season and looking like a typical Jamie Dixon-coached Pittsburgh team.But since then, Pittsburgh has lost eight in a row, starting with a 59-54 loss to Wagner on Dec. 23. And despite its 16th-place showing so far in the Big East, Pittsburgh was picked to finish fourth in the 2011-12 preseason coaches’ poll, even nabbing a first-place vote.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh plays fellow bottom-feeder Providence (12-8, 1-6) in the Petersen Events Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game may mark the Panthers’ best chance to get a conference win in the next week as it takes on No. 9 Georgetown (16-3, 6-2) on Saturday and West Virginia (15-5, 5-2) on Monday.About halfway through Big East play, teams like South Florida, Cincinnati and Seton Hall remain in the top half of the conference while perennial powerhouses like Louisville, Villanova and Pittsburgh make up the bottom. And despite the eye-catching standings featuring a few surprises, Big East coaches know that any of the conference’s teams can come out with a win on any given night — regardless of record or performances in years past.‘It is competitive, it is deep and there are no nights off,’ South Florida head coach Stan Heath said in the Jan. 12 teleconference.The Bulls, who were picked 14th in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll, are tied for fifth in the conference with Cincinnati.South Florida has won three out of its last four and has already defeated four teams that were projected to finish higher in the preseason coaches’ poll.And while Pittsburgh is off to its worst start in recent memory, South Florida is off to its best start in its seven years in the Big East, thanks in large part to its stifling defense.‘I think there’s open space throughout the league, and we’re trying to battle and compete to find our way toward the top and keep moving upward,’ Heath said in the teleconference. ‘I think teams in the past that have struggled are moving up, and there’s some perennial powers that have yet to get on track and they will. So it’s just a wide-open race right now — other than Syracuse.’But even No. 3 Syracuse has shown its vulnerability lately, losing ugly to Notre Dame on Saturday without sophomore center Fab Melo and being taken to the wire by Cincinnati on Monday.The bottom of the Big East is strong, as Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Seton Hall are among the teams that are better than expected in the conference this year, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said in the Jan. 12 teleconference.‘If you don’t play well, you can lose a lot of games in this league,’ Boeheim said.Georgetown, which was picked to finish 10th in the preseason coaches’ poll, is tied for second place in the conference. Meanwhile, Louisville, which was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches’ poll and received three first-place votes, is tied for 10th in the conference with Rutgers.And even the defending national champion is in an unexpected spot. At 14-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big East, No. 24 Connecticut is on a two-game losing streak and tied for seventh in the conference. The Huskies were co-favorites along with Syracuse to win the conference in the preseason coaches’ poll, receiving seven first-place votes to Syracuse’s five.Tied in seventh place in the conference with Connecticut is Seton Hall, even after the Pirates dropped two straight games and were picked to finish 13th in the Big East.‘There’s no games where you can say, ‘OK, well, we’re going to win this one,” West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said in the teleconference. ‘You have to play really well to win every night out.’Big East game of the weekVillanova (10-10, 3-5) at Louisville (15-5, 3-4)7 p.m., Wednesday, ESPNComing off wins against Seton Hall and St. John’s, Villanova looks to continue its winning streak against Louisville, which is fresh off a nine-point win at Pittsburgh. After starting 1-5 in the Big East, the Wildcats looked primed to make a run in the conference, although its next two games come against Louisville and a tough Marquette team sitting comfortably inside the top 20.Villanova guard Maalik Wayns led the Wildcats to two wins, averaging 26.5 points per game.Also stepping up lately for Villanova is freshman forward JayVaughn Pinkston, who averaged 18 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game in the two wins.Leading the way for the Cardinals — tied for 10th in the Big East — are senior guard Kyle Kuric and sophomore guard Russ Smith, both averaging better than 12.5 points per game.The all-time series is tied 8-8, but Villanova has won the past two meetings.jdharr04@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — Alpena Civic Theater is bringing a classic back to Alpena after a number of difficulties and a time span of nearly 50 years.Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf will premier this weekend, after being cancelled during the winter. Bill Powell, who plays George, says bringing the production back to the Civic Theater has been a challenge.“One of the funny things is that we’ve really gone through a whole lot of folks directing. A lot of folks in town know that we through quite a few illnesses in the winter time when we had originally planned to stage this show. But because of that, we had to cancel but we’re able to do it this weekend coming up. The board has allowed us to do one week and so we’re just excited to bring it back.”The play tells the story of an older couple whose relationship revolves around verbal abuse toward one another. The pair then involves their colleagues, a younger, unsuspecting couple in their twisted games of hurt and deceit. When asked about the theme of the story, Powell says audience members will leave with one question lingering in their minds.“Truth and illusion. There are a lot things that are said in this play that in the end when you realize it, you’re not sure if it was true at all or not.”To purchase tickets, call Alpena Civic Theater at (989)354–3624.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Civic Theater, Theater, Who’s Afraid of Virginia WoolfContinue ReadingPrevious Two-year-old girl missing in Oscoda County has been foundNext Art on the Bay to take place in downtown Alpena this weekendlast_img read more

first_imgThe friendly match between the Slovenian national football team and the national team of B&H will be played on the ”Stožice” stadium in Ljubljana, and not in Koper as it was previously announced. The decision about the change of location was passed by the Football Federation of Slovenia.” The football match is scheduled for the 6th of February at 18:00 p.m. We still do not know how many tickets will be available for our football fans.”- said Pecikoza.The Football Federation of Slovenia decided to change the location of the match because of the great interest of these two national team fans to come to this friendly match. The tsadium ”Stožice” has the capacity of 16.000 viewers and it is probable that every seat will be taken.last_img read more