Governor Shumlin thanks Vermont National Guard for job well done

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles on Thursday at a barbeque in Rockingham thanked Vermont National Guard members for more than a month of exemplary service helping the state recover from flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Five Vermont guard units deployed personnel to numerous Vermont locations where they helped state and municipal highway crews rebuild both local and state roadways. ‘Guard members worked incredibly long hours to help us rebuild Vermont’s roads and bridges better than we found them before Irene,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘Their service and sacrifice will be remembered for generations to come.’ Vermont National Guard road rebuilding crews will begin demobilizing this weekend. Guard units and personnel deployed to aid roadway recovery included members of the following divisions:·         86th  Infantry Brigade Combat Team·         86th Special Troops Battalion·         131st Engineer Company·         158th Civil Engineering Squadron·         Camp Ethan Allen Training Site “Between the two types of deployment ‘ federal and state ‘ this type of unit activation is much more meaningful because it takes place in our home state and affects our neighbors, our families and our friends,’ said Captain Annaliese Baumer, Commander of the 131st Engineer Company. ‘It is extremely different than deploying overseas. When you hit ground overseas, you are immediately put in a defensive posture which is a drastic contrast to a state deployment.’ Major recovery efforts conducted by Vermont National Guard members included: ·         Rebuilding Route 131 in Cavendish where the guard produced the roadway design, worked with local road crews, coordinated with stone pits and quarries, and provided the project’s manager. ·         Reconstructing Route 9 near Marlboro where the guard provided trucks and equipment (as well as their operators), and also graded and compacted the road. ·         Rebuilding Route 100 around Wardsboro where the guard rebuilt numerous sections of road. ·         Rebuilding more than a mile of Pike Falls Road in Jamaica where the road was washed away. The guard also provided scour protection to bridges, rebuilt numerous wash-outs, and made the entire roadway passable to emergency vehicles. ·         Repaired washed out sections of Turkey Mountain Road in Jamaica. ·         Rebuilding Davis Road in Cavendish. Vermont guard members also removed debris from numerous state and town roads, provided scour protection to numerous state and town bridges, and aided VTrans with other projects. ‘When we first arrived in both Wilmington and Cavendish, we were welcomed with open arms,’ Baumer said. ‘Citizens thanked us profusely, brought us food and many other comforts of home.  They housed us, cooked us meals, gave us haircuts, washed our equipment with their fire trucks, their kids painted us pictures, sang for us and even put on a play at the local school. They visited with us daily, shook our hands and took photos of us throughout the work day. Most notably, they shared stories of how Irene affected their families. And virtually everyone did that because Irene affected us all.’last_img read more

Wenger: Ozil can deliver

first_img The £42.5million deadline-day arrival from Real Madrid has returned somewhat subdued performances in recent weeks, and was rested by Germany for their internationals against Italy and then England at Wembley following a minor virus. Nevertheless, Ozil will again be at the heart of the Arsenal team when they tackle Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night, where victory could see them qualify for the knockout stages. Arsenal produced the needed response after the international break, when they recovered from the defeat at Manchester United to beat a well-organised Southampton team at the Emirates Stadium – albeit with more than a little help from a blunder by visiting keeper Artur Boruc. The Gunners are also well placed to now progress through to the last 16 in Europe following their 1-0 smash-and-grab raid on Borussia Dortmund earlier this month. Any hope of Marseille extending their own European campaign, however, disappeared following a fourth-straight Group F defeat in Napoli, where they went down 3-2 on Matchday Four. Wenger, though, maintains their European results to do not tell the whole story for Elie Baup’s team. “They have quality, they are in a better period at the moment because they won their last two games and that makes them a dangerous team to play against,” the Arsenal manager said. “The quality of our concentration and focus will be vital tomorrow.” Should Dortmund draw at home with second-placed Napoli and the Gunners beat Marseille, then it would put the English side through and mean last season’s Champions League runners-up would have to be content with dropping down into the Europa League. That would leave Arsenal to then fight it out with Napoli to secure top spot and with it seeding for the knockout stage. “We know that tomorrow is a very big game in that final stage of the qualifiers. We have an opportunity to do it at home,” said Wenger, who will have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from suspension. “You say 12 points may not be enough, it is true, but it might as well be enough and maybe already tomorrow, so let’s get the 12 points.” Wenger is hoping for a knock-on effect of a strong European run into the Premier League. “I always think to win helps. The confidence of the team is vital, in the Premier League the differences are so small that the confidence can make a difference,” he said. “We are in November, you are not in a calculating mode, you are in the moment of just showing that we are a strong team, and let’s improve. “We have still a lot of room for improvement and that is what is at stake for us, to become a stronger team from game to game.” Wenger has every confidence the 25-year-old’s quality will come through what has been a testing period of transition. “First of all, Ozil is a hugely talented player,” said Wenger. “He has just arrived here three months ago and overall did not have the best of preparations for the (Premier) League. “Ozil is a young player, 25-years-old, so of course there is a lot of room for improvement for him.” Wenger maintains there is no extra special demands placed on the German playmaker, who arrived in a wave of publicity and scored a superb first goal for his new club in the 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli on October 1. “We have plenty of players who can take the ball and play, but because he plays in the central part of the pitch the ball goes through him,” Wenger said. “However, we don’t put any special responsibility on him. Maybe he feels a bit more pressure to do that. “But we just want the game to be played like we see it and do not put any special responsibility on him because everybody in our team can deliver great balls.” Arsenal will soon see the best of club-record signing Mesut Ozil, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Press Associationlast_img read more