Greentree Real Estate Welcomes New SalespersonMonkton, VT — Greentree Real Estate is delighted to welcome Katrina E. Roberts as their newest Realtor. Katrina joined the Greentree team this July bringing with her an extensive background in marketing, public relations, non-profit events and community outreach work. Most recently, Katrina was the Director of External Affairs for ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. She has also worked for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation and the New England Culinary Institute. Katrina grew up in Louisiana and continued her education at Bentley College where she obtained a bachelors degree in marketing.Katrina lives in Monkton with her husband, Colby, and two young daughters. She can be reached at (802) 482-5232 ext.26 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).Greentree Real Estate is located in Monkton, Vermont and has over 44 years of combined real estate experience concentrated in both Addison and Chittenden Counties. For more information, please visit www.vermontgreentree.com(link is external). ####
The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring a potential tropical cyclone that has developed in the Atlantic.Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 developed Tuesday morning and is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.It is expected to become a tropical storm before reaching the Leeward Islands Wednesday into Thursday.As of Tuesday morning, the system was located about 50 miles from the Leeward Islands and is moving at 23 mph with 40 mph winds.While The National Hurricane center is unsure of the long-range track of the tropical system due to it’s less defined center, officials believe the system could bring winds and rain to the Bahamas and Florida by the end of the week.
England, led by Elizabeth Mallett, made a sensational start to the European girls’ team championship in Germany with a first day team score of 22-under par. Their closest rivals at St Leon Rot are Spain, who are 19 shots behind on three-under, and Germany on level par. Team captain Julie Sparrow said: “I have never seen a set of scores like it. It’s just amazing – and they all came in saying they could have done better. They were all very, very impressive.” After tomorrow’s second stroke play round, the top eight teams will qualify for the championship matchplay flight and will contest the medals. England, the 2011 silver medallists, aim to go one better this year and win the gold. Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, Image © Leaderboard Photography) led the team’s scoring. Her superb eight-under par 64 – the low round of the day – was perfectly composed of eight birdies and 10 pars. For the record, she birdied holes 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Emily Taylor (Hillside) and Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) both returned scores of five-under 67 and their very similar scorecards each included one eagle, one bogey and four birdies. Charley Hull (Woburn), meanwhile, had an eagle and five birdies in her 68. Bronte Law (Bramhall), with a double bogey on the last, and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) completed the team’s scoring with level par rounds of 72 – one of which is discarded. It was apparent very early on that England were on a roll. The first three players out – Charley, Elizabeth and Emily – were a total of 10-under at the turn and 17-under when they finished. Bronte and Meghan were next in, before Georgia took the score to 22-under. According to Julie, the secret of the scoring was in the team’s preparation with England Golf coach Steve Robinson. “We had two really productive practice days and did lots of really good preparation. That was the key – and the girls then played to plan.” She added: “Now we’ve got to draw a line under this and get ready for tomorrow.” Leading team scores: -22 England 338 -3 Spain 357 Par Germany 360 +4 Italy 364 +6 Netherlands 366, France 366 +7 Finland 367, Demark 367 Selected others: +11 Scotland 371 +15 Ireland 375 +39 Wales 399 England’s girls beat The Netherlands 13 July 2012 England bounced back from disappointment in the European girls’ team championship to beat the Netherlands today 3½-1½ at St Leon Rot, Germany. “The Netherlands gave us a great game and the girls were playing very good golf,” said team captain Julie Sparrow. The new foursomes pairing of Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren worked very well, despite a shaky start. The girls pulled back and went on to claim their point on the 18th. Georgia Hall (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Bronte Law secured the victory when they produced convincing wins. With the result decided, the match of Emily Taylor was declared halved. In tomorrow’s final day England take on Germany in the play-off for fifth place. It would be the best they could achieve after their medal hopes were dashed yesterday when they were beaten by Sweden. Julie commented: “After such a disappointment you could easily put your head down and say ‘That’s it, we’re not going to win anything.’ But we’ve turned it round, we’ve pointed out to the girls that if they turn professional they would be fighting for their prize money and the difference between 5th and 8th place is huge. They’ve responded really well and the golf has been very good.” England results: Foursomes Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) & Charley Hull (Woburn) beat Gulia van den Berg and Charlotte Puts 1 up. Singles Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) lost to Anne van Dam 2 down Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) beat Elise Boehmer 2 up Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Dewi Weber 4/2 Emily Taylor (Hillside) halved with Ileen Domela Nieuwenhuis England’s medal hopes are dashed 12 July 2012 England’s hopes of a medal in the European girls’ team championship were dashed when they lost 3-4 to Sweden in the first matchplay round at St Leon Rot, Germany. The defeat means the top seeds are ruled out of the hunt for medals and they will now play for place in the championship flight. Sweden grabbed the initiative early in the day by winning both foursomes, in keenly contested matches. One went to the 19th and the other was decided on the 18th. England were dealt a further blow when Charley Hull was beaten in the top singles, meaning the team needed to win the remaining four games. They almost did it, all four players were up at the turn and Georgia Hall, Elizabeth Mallett and Emily Taylor succeeding in winning their points. But the last game on the course ended in defeat for Bronte Law. England results Foursomes Charley Hull (Woburn) & Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) lost to Linnea Strom & Linn Andersson at 19th. Bronte Law (Bramhall) & Emily Taylor (Hillside) lost to Elsa Westin & Isabella Deilert 1 down Singles Hull lost to Emma Nilsson 4/2 Hall beat Mia Landegren 3/2 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield ladies’) beat Deilert 5/4 Law lost to Strom 2 down Taylor beat Andersson 5/3 Other results Italy beat the Netherlands 4½–2½ Denmark beat Germany 4½–2½ Spain beat France 4-3. In tomorrow’s semi-finals Sweden will play Italy while Denmark take on Spain. In the other matches England will play the Netherlands and Germany play France. Scores and results for the Girls European Team Championship England lead qualifiers in European girls’ team championship 11 July 2012 England gave a command performance to shoot 35-under par and win the qualifying stage of the European girls’ team championship at St Leon Rot in Germany. They finished 21 shots clear of their closest rival, Spain, and are now seeded top in the championship matchplay flight. Tomorrow England will play Sweden in the first knockout round. Team captain Julie Sparrow commented: “We are delighted, but there’s no air punching or euphoria here. The girls all know they did a good job, but that there is more work to do.” The team were 22-under par after the first qualifying round and they quickly built on their lead today. Charley Hull (Woburn) came in first with a six-under 66, which took her personal score to 10-under. She was followed by Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’), whose 69 took her to 11-under. Shortly afterwards, her overall score was matched by Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), whose 66 included an eagle two on the 10th, where she holed a five iron. Later in the day the wind got up and became steadily stronger and the scores rose. But Emily Taylor (Hillside) managed a one-under 71 for a six-under total, while Bronte Law (Bramhall) added 75. The 78 of Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) was discounted. England players filled the first four places in the individual table, with Elizabeth Mallett and Georgia Hall sharing first place, Charley Hull one shot behind in third, and Emily Taylor sharing fourth place. Championship flight qualifying scores: -35 England -14 Spain Par Germany +2 Italy +9 Netherlands +10 Denmark +12 France +14 Sweden Championship draw: England v Sweden Italy v Netherlands Denmark v Germany France v Spain Sensational England lead European girls’ team championship 10 July 2012 England ended the European girls’ team championship with a 3½-1½ win over the hosts, Germany. It meant England finished in fifth place at St Leon Rot, which was the best they could achieve after they lost to Sweden in the first knockout round. Sweden went on to win the championship, Spain won the silver medal and Denmark the bronze. In today’s final match England were narrowly beaten in the foursomes, before going on to win the first three singles to take the point. The final game was declared halved. England results Foursomes Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) lost to Quirine-Louise Eijkenboom & Franziska Friedrich 2/1 Singles Charley Hull (Woburn) beat Antonia Scherer 4/3 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) beat Karolin Lampert 3/2 Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Sophia Zeeb 4/3 Emily Taylor (Hillside) halved with Isabell Gabsa Final placings: 1 Sweden, 2 Spain, 3 Denmark, 4 Italy, 5 England, 6 Germany, 7 France, 8 Netherlands 10 Jul 2012 England’s girls beat Germany
Editor’s Note: To keep up with the latest news, opinion, lifestyles, sports and entertainment go to the Apple Store or Google Play and download the New Pittsburgh Courier App for iPhone, iPad or android devices. It’s free! Check it out and let us know what you think! FOURTH ROUND PICK— Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones passes against Texas A&M during the first half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)by Smokin’ Jim FrazierThe Steelers traded away their third round pick in 2014 to the Cleveland Browns to get an additional pick in the fourth round and then drafted a safety and a quarterback.Safety Shamarko Thomas (5-9, 215), of Syracuse, led the team in tackles in 2012 and the defensive captain also led the team with three forced fumbles. Thomas is a highly intense, vocal team leader who is physically tough.Quarterback Landry Jones (6-4, 225), of Oklahoma, won the Sammy Baugh Award, given to the nation’s top passer in 2010. Jones became the Big 12’s all-time leader in passing yards with 16,646 yards in 2012 and 123 touchdowns in four years.Cornerback Terry Hawthorne (6-0, 195), of Illinois, led the team in interceptions in 2011 and was named the Kraft Hunger Bowl Defensive Player of the Game. Hawthorne averaged 21-yards on punt returns and has kickoff return experience.With their first pick in the sixth round the Steelers took Oklahoma wide-receiver Justin Brown. With their second pick in the sixth round they grabbed middle linebacker Vince Williams of Florida State.In the seventh round the Steelers selected defensive end Nick Williams of Samford and Pittsburgh also signed 15 undrafted rookies.Undrafted Fee Agents SignedBrian Arnfelt, DE, NorthwesternAlan Baxter, LB, Northern IllinoisReggie Dunn, WR, UtahNik Embernate, OT, San Diego StateMike Farrell, OT, Penn StateMike Golic Jr., OL, Notre DameCordian Hagans, DE, Louisiana-LafayetteChris Hubbard, G, UABOmar Hunter, DT, FloridaLuke Ingram, LS, HawaiiJoe Madsen, C, West VirginiaCurtis McNeal, RB, Southern CalAnthony Rashad White, DT, Michigan StateIvory Wade, C, BaylorJ.D. Woods, WR, West Virginia
By Mary Ann BourbeauThe United Methodist Church building in Highlands has a new lease on life.After the church was closed several years ago, the building’s fate was up in the air. It was leased out for a while but then the 65-year-old structure was flooded by Super Storm Sandy. [private]Now the brick church on Bay Avenue has been converted into a space to house volunteers from around the country who come to help rebuild homes damaged by the horrific October storm.It is not the only church in the area to be used to house volunteers helping those in the area recover from Sandy. The First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank also was renovated to host up to 20 people.In Highlands, the leaders of the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church realized after the storm that area residents were going to need both short-term and long-term help. Under the leadership of Bishop John Schol, they started an independent, nonprofit organization called A Future with Hope, with the goal of rebuilding 500 homes over five years. The focus would be to help those who are elderly, disabled and low income. The organization is now based out of the Highlands church.“Even in the midst of the most challenging times, there is a hopeful future for us, and by working together we can realize those hopes,” Schol said. “A Future with Hope will be around for the long haul, a long-term effort by the United Methodist Church in New Jersey to focus on relief, recovery and mission work.”A Future with Hope, a partner with United Methodist Committee on Relief, has received significant funding from the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Red Cross and members of the United Methodist Church.Since it began rebuilding homes in March, the organization has had the help of nearly 1,000 volunteers from 16 states. Most come for a week and stay in one of 10 hosting sites, the largest of which is the Highlands church that opened its doors July 15 and can host up to 100 people at a time.Recently, volunteers from Houston, Texas, stayed in the repurposed church, which now has a kitchen and showers. While men sleep on cots in the sanctuary, women’s cots are in the basement. They worked at a site in Keyport, while another group from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio, helped rebuild a home in Highlands. Those volunteers, who were staying in a Lacey Township church, worked with a group from Bridgewater at the one-story home that had to be gutted after taking on more than 3 feet of water. Some were skilled in areas such as carpentry; others, including high school students, learned how to Sheetrock, spackle and paint.“Jesus told us to help people,” said the Rev. Erwin Urschitz of Ohio. “We’ve been to help those affected by Katrina five times. We go where the need is, one home at a time, one family at a time, if that’s all you can do. We’re really glad to be helping our brothers and sisters, wherever they might be. We have to do something. We can’t just pray for them.We have to put our boots physically on the ground.”Case managers for A Future with Hope take applications from those in need. Currently, there are 11 homes under construction.Morgan Lalevee, 18, of Bridgewater, volunteered her time at the home in Highlands, learning to spackle and sand walls. She was happy to donate her time, especially after meeting the homeowner.“This house has been in her family for 80 years and she didn’t want to give it up,” Lalevee said. “Her face lit up when she saw how much we got done.”Her clothes and face covered with specks of spackle, Lalevee said she was having fun working on the home.“I enjoy helping people,” she said. “I don’t look at it like I’m giving up my summer. I’m using my time in a better way.”The volunteers, who arrive on Sundays and bring their own bedding to the host church, have an orientation and safety lesson on Mondays. They then receive their assignments based on need and skill level. A Future with Hope provides them with one meal during the week. Often members of the groups go out and spend money in the community where they are helping, offering another plus for the hard-hit town.“We’re very pleased that (the church building) was transformed to serve the community,” said Beverly Schol, regional manager for A Future with Hope.In Red Bank, the First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill has also been renovated to accommodate volunteers.“Many of our congregation’s members were affected by Sandy and as a church we needed to respond,” said Sue Elam of Oceanport, chairwoman of the church’s storm recovery team.The volunteers receive their assignments from Gateway Church in Union Beach. During a recent week, 300 people from around the country went there to help. A group from Missouri stayed at Tower Hill while they worked on a home in Keansburg.“We’ve discovered some people have been living in their damaged homes because they have no place else to go,” Elam said. “For people to help them find a path forward has been emotionally uplifting to the homeowners – and it’s personally rewarding for the people who come in to help.”The Red Bank church will only be available to groups in the summer because the space is used as a nursery school during the school year. But Elam expects the church to host volunteers again next year.“So many people have been affected,” she said. “It’s going to be a long road getting people back in their homes.”Additional information about A Future with Hope is available by visiting www.gnjumc.org or calling 732-359-1012.[/private]View the photo gallery here