first_imgUniversity of Vermont,A gift from James Edward “Ted” and Danielle “Dani” Virtue of Rye, New York, will fund construction of a new synthetic turf field on the campus of the University of Vermont. Virtue Field, as the new facility will be called, will serve as the home for the UVM men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer teams and will also be used for campus recreation activities. It is the first phase of a planned stadium project that will include grandstand seating for 3,000 spectators, game-day locker rooms, public restrooms, concessions, and storage space.”The generosity and commitment of the Virtue family to our athletic program is truly remarkable,” said Dr. Robert Corran, UVM associate vice president and director of athletics. “I cannot overstate the impact this project will have on our lacrosse and soccer programs, and indeed the entire campus community. Our coaches and student-athletes are more than excited to see this project come to fruition, and I am thrilled to join them in extending our most sincere thanks and appreciation.”The new field is located next to Moulton Winder Field and UVM’s new outdoor track facility slated for completion in approximately three weeks. Phase one of construction, which began in early August, includes the field installation, perimeter fencing, temporary seating, and a scoreboard. Completion is expected by the end of October, weather permitting. The UVM men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will play their 2012 home games at Virtue Field.”We are tremendously grateful to the Virtue family for this generous gift, which allows us to proceed immediately with construction of an impressive new addition to UVM’s athletics facilities,” said O. Richard Bundy, III, UVM vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, which oversees fundraising for the university. “By elevating our competition space for lacrosse and soccer so dramatically, Virtue Field is a powerful and visible example of the significant impact that private giving can have on the quality of the student experience at UVM.”The 127×87-yard surface will be made of Revolution fiber manufactured by FieldTurf, which the company says is the most durable of its kind. A patented FieldTurf infill formula ensures player safety and is one of the most player-friendly surfaces on the market.”We could not be more excited for UVM and the Catamount administration,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “We take great pride that UVM has put their trust in our product and our company. We look forward to providing our innovative turf system in Virtue Field. The student-athletes will truly enjoy competing on this surface for many years to come.”The UVM Athletic Department is currently raising funds for the second phase of the project. Alumni and supporters of UVM Athletics are encouraged to contact Pat McBride, senior director of major gifts for UVM Athletics, at 802-656-7720 if they are interested in contributing to the project.last_img read more

first_imgAfter receiving a lot of public criticism, the A’s on Friday reversed their decision to stop paying their minor league players.The A’s were the only MLB team to decide to stop paying minor leaguers starting June 1, but club owner John Fisher has now committed to paying them their weekly $400 stipend through the end of the minor league season. “I changed my mind after spending a lot of time talking to our team,” Fisher told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I concluded I’d made a mistake.” MORE: Dayton Moore, Royals hailed for keeping minor leaguers, employees on the jobThe original decision to stop paying players was immediately met with backlash from players and fans. Fisher clearly heard what they had to say.”I’ve listened to our fans and others, and there is no question that this is the right thing to do,” he told the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. “We clearly got this decision wrong. These players represent our future and we will immediately begin paying our minor league players. I take responsibility and I’m making it right.”last_img read more

first_imgThe bike was stolen from the area of 8th Street and 118 Avenue in Dawson Creek, described as a black BMX with green rims.Finally, unrelated to stolen property, Ron Pettigrew Elementary was broken into during the early hours of July 30.The suspects caused damage throughout the school, which includes breaking 12 windows.If anyone has information on where these items may be or who may have stolen them; or information pertaining to the senseless break and enter, contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784 3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.Advertisement On the night of July 24, a 2 seat 2012 Polaris Razor ATV and associated trailer was stolen from an address in Pouce Coupe.The trailer is described as a black Trail Tech Flat Deck Trailer bearing the B.C. licence plate of UTJ 25J.Over the weekend of July 26 and 27, the Dawson Creek RCMP received calls of 2 older trucks stolen and burnt.- Advertisement -One of the vehicles, a green 2012 Chevrolet truck, was stolen then set on fire in Pouce Coupe.The other vehicle, a 1993 Chevrolet truck, was stolen in Dawson Creek and lit on fire only 2 blocks from the location where it was stolen.Meanwhile, a young man has his BMX bicycle stolen while he was at work on July 28.Advertisementlast_img read more