University of Vermont,The University of Vermont has announced that three new legislative trustees, a gubernatorial appointee, and a new student trustee are joining its board of trustees. The new legislative trustees, elected by the Vermont General Assembly to six-year terms, are Carolyn Branagan, Christopher Bray, and David Potter. Governor Douglas has appointed Mark Young, who previously served as a legislative trustee from 2002-2007, to a six-year term. The new student trustee, Adam Roof, was selected to serve a two-year term by the Associate Directors for the Appointment of The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College Student Trustees, Inc.Leaving the board are legislative trustees Edwin Amidon, James Leddy, and Martha Heath, gubernatorial appointed trustee Robert Young, and student trustee Beth Rice.All of the new trustees will participate in the board meeting scheduled for May 14 through 16.Branagan, a Republican from Georgia, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2003. She was the House Education Committee clerk from 2003 to 2004 and is the House Ways and Means Committee ranking member in 2009/10. She is the Franklin County Republican Committee chair and is a member of the Governor’s Commission on International Education. She has also served as co-chair of the Vermont Legislative Women’s Caucus, chair of the Georgia School Board; member of the coordinating council of Vermont Interactive Television; and trustee and chair of the Vermont Maple Festival. She received B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from UVM.Bray, a Democrat from New Haven, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2007. Formerly he taught at UVM for four years in the English department and founded Common Grounds Communications, which provides writing, editing, design and production services to a variety of clients and publishing houses. He is clerk of the House Agricultural Committee ; secretary of the Vermont Milk Commission; chair of the Rural Economic Development Working Group.; and member of the Vermont Forestry Commission and the Economic Development Committee of the Governor’s Dairy Task Force. He received a B.A degree from UVM in Zoology and an M.A. in English. He also graduated from UVM’s Snelling Center for Government.Potter, a Democrat from Clarendon, has served in the Vermont House of Representatives since 2005. Potter taught at Rutland High School for 31 years before retiring and was on active duty in the Air Force for 10 years. He is a member or affiliate of the West Rutland Rotary; the Rutland County Audubon Society; the Vermont Federation of Sportsman Clubs; the Rutland Regional Transportation Council; the Vermont Workforce Development Council; the Clarendon Selectboard; the Clarendon Planning Commission; the National Guard Association of the U.S.; the Vermont Sugarmakers Association; and the Vermont Woodland Association. In 2008 he was named Vermont Tree Farmer of the Year. He is a retired member of the Vermont Air National Guard, SQ Commander, Lt. Col.Young, of Orwell, is president and CEO of the First National Bank of Orwell. He currently serves as the Town of Orwell treasurer and trustee of Public Funds. He is a board member of Union Mutual of Vermont Companies and the Vermont Center for the Book and is a member of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1993-2006. He is a past chair of the executive committee of the Vermont Bankers Association and received the Vermont Bankers Association Outstanding Community Service Banker Award in 2001.Roof, of South Walpole, Mass., is currently enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Political Science and English. He serves on the Peer Judicial Board in the Harris/Millis residential complex, and is a member of the Dean of Students Advisory Board and the Men’s Club Hockey Team.
Leinster fly-half Jimmy Gopperth was on target with three penalties and the conversions of hooker Aaron Dundon and centre Noel Reid’s tries. Centre Ross Wardle rounded off a screaming move for the Dragons for their only try with the kicking duties shared by wing Tom Prydie and outside-half Jason Tovey. The wing booted a penalty, while Tovey converted the touchdown and added three penalties of his own. Press Association Reigning RaboDirect PRO12 champions Leinster withstood a late onslaught from Newport Gwent Dragons to edge a much-needed 23-19 victory at Rodney Parade. The Dragons’ fortunes were not helped by the loss of lock Adam Jones for 10 minutes in the sin-bin when he was accused of taking the man out of a line which, within minutes, saw Leinster take the lead for the first time. They pounded the home line and, when hooker Aaron Dundon surged through a pile of bodies, the television official decided he had got the ball down, leaving the conversion easy. It seemed Leinster had wrapped up the game and that the Dragons would not even get a losing bonus point for their efforts when centre Reid finished off a sparkling move down the left from half-way. But the Dragons would not give up and Tovey punished the Irishmen’s mistakes with two further penalties before the Welsh side were camped on the opposition line in the dying moments but could not get over for the crucial try to win the game. Both sides had plenty to prove after defeats last week. The Dragons, in sixth place before kick-off, were thrashed by the Ospreys 40-17 at The Liberty Stadium while fifth-placed Leinster went down in Limerick to Munster 19-15. The Achilles heel of the Dragons, their set-piece, was hammered in the opening moments and Leinster’s second row pair of Quinn Roux and Tom Denton began to stamp their mark on the line-out situation. Yet, with bravery, the home side kept out the Leinster threat as the game stagnated for half an hour. Former Newcastle stand-off Gopperth was the first half star as he booted a neat 30-metre penalty, his second attempt at goal in the game, to put the visitors ahead – although the home fans were not pleased by some of the decisions going against them during the period. But, if Gopperth had a good half for Leinster, Prydie was the Dragons’ hero. He posted a penalty from 45 metres to tie the scores up at 3-3 after 15 minutes and was part of the brilliant move that saw Wardle cross from a move from halfway. The final 10 minutes of the half were the most lively as Prydie tried another long-range penalty but saw it go wide before Gopperth landed his second penalty to reduce the arrears to four points. Tovey restored the home side’s seven-point with a 10-metre penalty when Leinster strayed offside. It signalled a ding-dong half in which Gopperth got Leinster back into the match with another penalty as they fought to regain the initiative.
OLD TOWN — The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ and girls’ varsity cross country teams finished in first place overall at a Sept. 22 meet. The boys beat out teams from 11 other schools for their win while the girls were the best out of eight schools in their bracket.“The day was a little misty, but overall a great day to race,” said MDI junior runner Rebecca Planchart. “We are really happy with how we did on Saturday.”Top runners for the girls’ team were Nora Hubbell, who finished the 3.1-mile course third in a time of 20:17.53 as well as Isabel Erickson and Caroline Driscoll, who finished neck to neck in sixth and seventh places with times of 21:01.23 and 21:04.68, respectively.The top runners for the boys’ team were Jordan Harris, who finished in seventh in 18:14.15; Ransom Burgess in ninth with 18:38.74; and Ralph Magnani in 18:40.87. In the top runners for the boys’ team, there was a scant 48-second split between the first and fifth finishers.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFollowing their strong performances, the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are scheduled to head to Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions Sept. 29 in Belfast. Sixty-five teams are expected to participate in the event, which is the largest cross country meet in Maine.“It is an exciting, fun meet where all in the running community come together in a festival celebrating running,” said Desiree Sirois, head coach for the girls’ and boys’ cross country teams.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio