USACE: Creating Better Access to the Chesapeake Bay

first_imgCol. John Litz, Baltimore District commander, speaks to Sen. Chris Van Hollen (left) and Kevin Brennan, Baltimore District Navigation Section chief, U.S. Army photo by Carlos LazoColonel John Litz, USACE’s Baltimore District commander, joined Congressionals and federal, state and local partners this weekend for a luncheon – hosted by Smith Island United – to celebrate progress on the historic island to combat sea level rise and erosion, as well as to discuss the island’s vision and plans for the future.Baltimore District completed the majority of a navigation improvement project this past fall at Rhodes Point on Smith Island.The project consists of two jetties, a stone sill and dredging to realign a channel. This scheme will create better access to the Chesapeake Bay and help prevent future erosion, said USACE.While the main purpose of this project is to improve navigation, the environment will also benefit. Vegetation will be planted on the clean dredge material placed behind the stone sill.The main goal of this work is to help restore, enhance and protect wetlands, as well as increase shoreline resiliency.This project is funded through USACE, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.last_img read more

J-D boys indoor track claims sectional Class A title

first_imgStaples, in 6.72 seconds, beat out Duby (6.87) for second place in the 55-meter dash and also was sixth in the long jump, with Duby second (37.43 seconds) to Oswego’s Ben Lewis (37.36) in the 300-meter dash and Conlon third in 38.37 seconds.Conlon also helped J-D to second place in the 4×400 relay in 3:46.55 Nate Rindfuss got second in the 3,200-meter run in 11:11.54 and Smith topped 9’6” in the pole vault for third place.ESM’s Kevin Hasty gave his team a highlight with his winning weight throw of 47’4’” beating out Richer’s 45’9” as Logan Cowell was third with 41’9′ 1/2” and the Rams’ Jason Pritts was fourth with 41’3”.Nick Berg was victorious in the 1,000-meter run in 2:39.59 over J-D teammates Kaleel Boykins (2:43.51) and Sam Smith (2:47.73), with Berg also sixth in the 1,600. El again won the triple jump, flying 41’3 1/2” as Caleb Smith was third (40’5 1/4”) and Aniket Maini fourth (37’10 3/4”) for J-D.Hasty was third in the shot put with 37’11” as Cowell (37’3 1/4”) was fourth, with Aiden Hirt fourth in the long jump with 17’11 1/2” and Parks fifth. ESM went 3:48.81 for third place in the 4×400 as Bennett Ferrari was fourth in the pole vault, also clearing 9’6”.In the girls sectional Class A meet, J-D, just like it did in the SCAC Empire meet a week earlier, finished second with 81 points as Central Square (121 points) again won and ESM was sixth with 43 points.The girls Red Rams’ lone win on the track came in the 4×200 as Monica Hernandez, Laetticia Bazile, Janna VanVraken and Rainer Yaeger went 1:54.28 to runner-up Whitesboro’s 1:56.70, with ESM fourth in 1:58.20.Bazile gave J-D a victory in the high jump, clearing 5’2” as Hernandez tied for fifth, with Yaeger beating the field in the triple jump by going 33’10 1/4” and second in the long jump with 16’3 1/4”.Grace Bridge took second place in the 600 in 1:46.40, while Madeline Foss was fourth in the 3,000-meter run as J-D took third in the 4×400 in 4:32.43 and fourth in the 4×800.Eva Wisniewski, clearing 8’6”, was third in the pole vault, while Lucy Heflin (7 feet) was fifth. Bazile was fourth (9.67 seconds) and Monica Hernandez fifth (9.69) in the 55 hurdles, plus Jenna VanVraken fifth in the 300.ESM got a win from Rylie King, who went 7.77 seconds in the 55 sprint to beat out the 7.85 from Whitesboro’s McKenna Knapp.Kayleigh Maloof, fifth in the 55 sprint, did far better in the triple jump, her 32’4 1/4” second only to Yaeger..Rhiannon Butchko, clearing 5 feet, got to third place in the high jump as the Spartans were fifth in the 4×400 and sixth in the 4×800.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Getting 20 points in the 1,600-meter run, J-D had Kaleel Boykins win in 4:42.94, with Ahviere Reese third in 4:47.58 and Jacob Cottet (4:50.34) in fourth place.Nick Dekaney had to go 8.05 seconds to edge ESM’s Michael Parks (8.06) by one-hundredth of a second and Rocky El (8.07) by two-hundredths of a second in a tight 55-meter hurdles battle. Parks added a third-place high jump of 5’6”.Later, in the 4×200, the Rams had Dekaney, Joe Staples, Josh Duby and Haberle Conlon pull away for a win in 1:35.40, nearly nine second ahead of the 1:45.34 from second-place Central Square. Now the Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field team has a Section III Class A championship to add to this season’s lengthy resume.The Red Rams powered to the top of the standings Saturday at SRC Arena and piled up 185 points, well clear of East SyracuseMinoa, who managed to get second place with 83 points.A 1-2 finish in the high jump had Caleb Smith clearing 5 feet 10 inches to beat out Nick Dekaney, who topped 5’8”, Smith adding another title in the long jump when he went 20’3” as James Richer’s shot put toss of 42’5 1/2” beat out teammate Ben Staples’ 39’4 3/4”.center_img Tags: ESMindoor trackJ-Dlast_img read more

Froome to start season in Spain under doping cloud

first_imgFILE PHOTOLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chris Froome said Monday he is “confident” of progress in a probe into his adverse doping test as the British rider prepares for his first race of the season at this month’s Ruta del Sol.Froome will be part of Team Sky’s line-up for the five-day stage race in Andalusia, southern Spain, which runs from February 14 to 18.Froome and his Team Sky revealed in December that the 32-year-old had tested for elevated levels of the asthma medication salbutamol during the Vuelta a Espana, which he won for the first time in September.Although salbutamol is permitted in certain doses, the four-time Tour de France winner gave a urine reading of twice the allowed limit.However, as the medication can be taken legally, Froome was not suspended by cycling’s governing body the UCI but merely asked to explain the elevated reading.Team Sky said in December they were providing information to the UCI over the matter and confirmed in a statement on Monday that the process was ongoing.“I’m confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened and I’m working hard with the team to do that,” Froome said in the statement on the team’s website.“Obviously I understand that this situation has created a lot of uncertainty. I completely get why there has been so much interest and speculation.“I hope that people will appreciate there are limits to what I can say whilst the process is still ongoing but no one is keener than me to move things forward as quickly as possible.”Team principal Dave Brailsford said: “We all recognise that these are difficult circumstances but it’s important for all sides that this process is conducted fairly before a final conclusion is reached. “It is a complex situation but we’re working as hard as we can with Chris to resolve things as soon as possible.”– Ruta win –Froome, who will line up in Spain after spending the early part of the year training in South Africa, last raced the Ruta del Sol in 2015, when he took overall victory and picked up a stage win along the way.“I have put in a hard training block in January,” said Froome. “It’s been good to be out on my bike and to get the miles under my belt.“It’s been a couple of years now since I was last at Ruta del Sol. It’s a race I’ve enjoyed in the past and so I’m looking forward to going back there.”Last week the British rider strongly denied a newspaper report that he is seeking to negotiate a short ban rather than fight to prove his innocence over the adverse test.UCI chief David Lappartient said earlier this month that Froome should be suspended over the adverse test and some of the rider’s main rivals have hit out at cycling authorities for failing to ban him.In 2016 the Russian hacking group Fancy Bears revealed that British rider and former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins had received three therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) during his career at crucial moments — before the Tour in 2011 and 2012 and the Giro d’Italia in 2013.Wiggins said he needed to take the corticosteroid triamcinolone to treat allergies but some ex-cyclists have spoken out against that, saying it would have given him a significant performance boost.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steelers ease past Browns; 6-0 Vikings loom large on the horizon

first_imgIt was a fun game for the Steelers as they eased past the hapless Cleveland Browns 27-14, but now they must face a real team in the undefeated Minnesota Vikings (6-0). This game will go a long way in determining what the Steelers are made of.The Steelers received a lot of help in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) and the Baltimore Ravens (3-3) losing. This puts Pittsburgh in a tie for first with the Bengals. HAVING FUN— Hines Ward laughs as he fends off two Browns defenders along the sideline. Ward had another outstanding game with eight catches for 159 yards including a 52-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger. Once again the Steelers played to their competition with another poorly played second half, especially in the fourth quarter, scoring 3 points. But at least the defense and special teams played well in the fourth quarter shutting out the Browns to head off a Cleveland comeback. Ben Roethlisberger had another outstanding game going 23 of 35 for 417 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, with both Hines Ward, 159 and Santonio Holmes, 104, respectively. Ward had 8 catches and Holmes 5, with tight end Heath Miller continuing to look like a Pro Bowler with 5 critical catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Ward had two touchdown catches but one was disallowed because of a stupid NFL rule. He had control, crossed the goal line and got both feet down but because he lost control while sliding out of bounds it was ruled not a touchdown. That rule needs to be changed.The running game was decent even though Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 17 times for 62 yards. Willie Parker carried 7 times for 26 yards and Melwelde Moore 5 for 20. However, Mendenhall did have a touchdown and 2 receptions for 15 yards. Parker looked rusty, but he and Mendenhall just may give the Steelers one of the best running games in the league before it’s all said and done.The defense was once again impressive even without All Pro Aaron Smith, who’s out for the season with an injury. The linebackers kept constant pressure on Derek Anderson, who was better than last week, but not by much as he was only 9 of 24 for 122 yards with one touchdown. With the exception of the one kickoff touchdown they kept Joshua Cribbs in check as he only picked up 45 yards on 6 carries. Why he wasn’t touching the ball more is a mystery.After all the pregame hoopla about the Cincinnati Bengals being for real this season they went out and were blown out by the Houston Texans 28-17. The Bengals are notorious for jumping out fast then fading and it appears to be the same story this season. Even though Houston is a much improved team, they should have never beaten the Bengals. Matt Schaub had an impressive game as he out dueled Carson Palmer. He was 28 of 40 for 392 yards and four touchdowns with half of his completions going to Andre Johnson, 8 catches for 135 yards, and Steve Slaton, 6 catches for 102 yards.Palmer was 23 of 35 for 259 yards with one touchdown. However, the key to the game was the Texans holding the NFL’s leading rusher going into the game, Cedric Benson, to just 44 yards on 16 carries.The Baltimore Ravens were blown out in the first three quarters as the Vikings opened up a 20-10 lead and increased that to a 30-10 lead in the fourth quarter, but behind the brilliant play of Joe Flacco the Ravens came roaring back as they scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. And if it had not been for a missed field goal in the final seconds of the game, they would have pulled off the upset of the season, and spoiled the Vikings undefeated record. Now it’s up to the Steelers to put that first blemish on the Vikings record.Brett Favre had another outstanding game as he kept the Ravens’ defense honest, going 21 of 29 for 278 yards and three touchdowns while handing off to Adrian Peterson 22 times and watching the best back in the game reel off 143 yards to move past Benson into first place in rushing yards with 624.Whereas the Vikings, behind the running of Peterson, have had the best running game in the league the past two years, the 40-year-old Favre gives them another dimension and is the reason they are a legitimate threat to win it all this season. He is a veteran quarterback who can still pass the ball and has the great leadership they need at the quarterback position and on offense as a whole.Favre and Roethlisberger’s quarterback ratings are pretty close with Favre in third place with a 109.5 rating and Big Ben in fourth with a 104.5 rating behind Drew Brees, 118.4 and Peyton Manning 114.1. Favre’s favorite receiver is young Sidney Rice who had 6 receptions in the Ravens game for 176 yards. The other receiver, Visanthe Shiance, had 4 catches for 48 yards.The Indianapolis Colts had a bye week last week so Roethlisberger moved into first place in passing yardage with 1,887, followed by Matt Schaub 1,810, Tom Brady, 1,724, Joe Flacco 1,674 and Peyton Manning 1,645. Peterson leads the league in rushing with 624 followed by Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans with 596, Benson with 531 and Steve Jackson, St. Louis Rams with 501. Ward moved into first place in the NFL in reception yardage with 599 and tied with Steve Smith of the New York Giants with 41 receptions. Miller’s 5 catches put him in fifth place with 34 for the year. Rice has 23 for the year for 409 yards, and Bernard Berrian is second with 22 for 234 yards. Holmes has 28 for 438 yards for the Steelers.Troy Polamalu and Willie Parker returned to action in the Browns game and even both were rusty they should be 100 percent for the Vikings, where they will be needed. If the Steelers can beat Minnesota they will move up among the elite teams with a 5-2 record, but if they lose they may have to win the AFC North to make the playoffs. Right now no one is acting like they want to take charge of that division.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Whitewater Festival

first_imgAndrea and Chris at Endless Adventures in Crescent Valley have joined forces with Kootenays — Borderline Boaters to once again host the Kootenay Whitewater Festival Saturday and Sunday on the Slocan River. Management and staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports are eager to help with the promotion by saluting 2010 participants as Team of the Week. Some of the 2010 paddlers include, back row, L-R, Sam Butler, Jody Ginter, Andrea Miller (Endless Adventures), Bob Dodge, Scott Cox, Nick Barisoff, Brendan Ginter, Phil Frenchy and Lerenzo Burgman. Front, Tara McPhanden, Jeff Godday, Keith Miller, Chris Ryman (Endless Adventures), Jeremy Undershoot, Laurence Bachand, Abby Dent, Nikita Churnoff, James McDonnal and Carl Jacks.last_img read more

Mixed Slopitchers finally get to play in the sunshine, Championship set for Sunday at QE

first_imgOn the diamonds first was Cardinals against Our Glass in B-Division play.Thursday its defending champions Jackson’s Hole against Takeouts at 6 p.m. and Molson Finleys vs Bogustown at 7:30 p.m. in A-Division action.The tournament concludes Sunday with A-Divison final at 6:30 p.m.The B event goes at 5 p.m. while the C event begins at 3:30 p.m.Due to the flooding of the Lakeside Diamonds, all games are being played at Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview. Thankfully, Mother Nature decided to take the night off rainwise, allowing the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League to begin the run to the championship game Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img read more