Thursday, July 28, 2016

This incredible 3000-mile urban cycle path will link Maine to Florida

This incredible 3000-mile urban cycle path will link Maine to Florida

Construction of an ambitious urban cycle trail is underway that will link Maine to Florida when it is complete.

East Coast Greenway
The East Coast Greenway offers stunning views and safe biking paths from Maine towards Florida. Image by GSK / CC BY 2.0

The East Coast Greenway project was first conceived in 1991, with the idea of joining existing trails via new links, with the entire path moving through one continuous traffic-free route. The motivation behind the project was for it to act as a new tourism venture that will encourage foreign and domestic tourists to explore the picturesque Eastern Seaboard from an exciting new perspective.
East Coast Greenway
So far nearly 30% of the trail is complete that will link Maine to Florida via offroad routes. Image by East Coast Greenway

So far, nearly 30% of the trail has been completed, winding through different cities that include urban areas, suburban communities and rural districts. It is a safe path for people of all ages and physical abilities, being mostly flat and even. When finished, the plan is for the path to be completely off-road, with some on-road paths existing in the interim period. It is set to span 15 states by the time it is complete.

The Greenway serves as a spine route, linking with other long distance trails like the American Discovery Trail, the Hudson River Greenway and the C&O Canal National Park.

Ellerbe Creek Trail, in Durham, NC.
Ellerbe Creek Trail, in Durham, NC. Image by East Coast Greenway / CC BY 2.0

The project is spearheaded by the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a non-profit based in Durham, North Carolina with field staff in each of its four regions. The Alliance provides strategic assistance for states, counties and municipalities tasked with building local sections.

“About 900 miles are on safe and accessible greenways, and we connect them with the safest roads we can find. While there are excellent stretches in each state, many of the miles aren’t yet family-friendly. So we encourage people interested in experiencing the Greenway to do some research before their trip to find the ride or walk that fits their level of experience. A handful of people have biked the whole ECG, including honeymooners and a couple celebrating their 25th Anniversary,” Explains Dennis Markatos-Soriano, Executive Director of the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

“We aim to work with our 450 municipalities and 15 states to make the entire ECG a path for bike rides and walks separated from automobiles by the 2030s – a facility ready to host over 100 million visits per year.”

Interim roads link the paths throughout the trail, with plans in place for the entire route to be off-road by completion.
Interim roads link the paths throughout the trail, with plans in place for the entire route to be off-road by completion. Image by TrailVoice / CC BY 2.0

The East Coast Greenway is comprised of local trails owned and managed by federal, state, county, and municipal agencies. Each local segment retains its local name and identity while the trail is publicly owned. Information points are located along certain routes, with plans in place for each state to feature kiosks providing maps and in-depth information along the Greenway.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Coaching Carousel?

Nadalen will stay at Towson
Shay will stay at Yale

Princeton still looking....
UVA still looking....

What about Lars Tiffany from Brown?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Who's next up for the Hoos?

Starsia out, Corrigan says no...what's next?  Let's get back to winning ways!

I am afraid it will be awhile before we see this again.  Time to get going, Hoos Administration!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

President Obama honors Muhammad Ali

"Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he’d tell you. He’d tell you he was the double greatest; that he’d 'handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail.'

But what made The Champ the greatest—what truly separated him from everyone else—is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing. 

Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we’re also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time.

In my private study, just off the Oval Office, I keep a pair of his gloves on display, just under that iconic photograph of him—the young champ, just 22 years old, roaring like a lion over a fallen Sonny Liston. I was too young when it was taken to understand who he was—still Cassius Clay, already an Olympic Gold Medal winner, yet to set out on a spiritual journey that would lead him to his Muslim faith, exile him at the peak of his power, and set the stage for his return to greatness with a name as familiar to the downtrodden in the slums of Southeast Asia and the villages of Africa as it was to cheering crowds in Madison Square Garden.

'I am America,' he once declared. 'I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me—black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.'

That’s the Ali I came to know as I came of age—not just as skilled a poet on the mic as he was a fighter in the ring, but a man who fought for what was right. A man who fought for us. He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t. His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.

He wasn’t perfect, of course. For all his magic in the ring, he could be careless with his words, and full of contradictions as his faith evolved. But his wonderful, infectious, even innocent spirit ultimately won him more fans than foes—maybe because in him, we hoped to see something of ourselves. Later, as his physical powers ebbed, he became an even more powerful force for peace and reconciliation around the world. We saw a man who said he was so mean he’d make medicine sick reveal a soft spot, visiting children with illness and disability around the world, telling them they, too, could become the greatest. We watched a hero light a torch, and fight his greatest fight of all on the world stage once again; a battle against the disease that ravaged his body, but couldn’t take the spark from his eyes.

Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace." —President Obama

Sunday, May 29, 2016

With Foote Watching, Livesay Leads Middlebury to NCAA Title

With Foote Watching, Livesay Leads Middlebury to NCAA Title
Middlebury coach Kate Livesay hugs Trinity senior Ashley Stewart during post-game ceremonies following the Panthers' 9-5 win over the Bantams in the NCAA championship game. Livesay was the head coach at Trinity for eight seasons and became the first coach at any level to lead two different teams to NCAA titles. (Rich Barnes)
Middlebury coach Kate Livesay hugs Trinity senior Ashley Stewart during post-game ceremonies following the Panthers' 9-5 win over the Bantams in the NCAA championship game. Livesay was the head coach at Trinity for eight seasons and became the first coach at any level to lead two different teams to NCAA titles. (Rich Barnes)

With Foote Watching, Livesay Leads Middlebury to NCAA Title

by Mark Macyk | | Twitter
CHESTER, Pa. — Years from now, it might become little more than a fun fact, a sidebar in the middle of one of Vermont's most legendary athletic stories.
Did you know that Kate Livesay, the Middlebury High School star turned Middlebury University All-American turned NCAA championship-winning Middlebury coach, spent almost a decade in Hartford? Did you know that she once led Middlebury's biggest rival to a national title?
But as Livesay capped her first season as her alma mater's head coach Sunday by leading the Panthers to their first NCAA Division III women's lacrosse title since 2004, her decade away from the Green Mountain State was impossible to ignore.
The Panthers defeated Trinity, her former team, 9-5, under the bridge at Talen Energy Stadium, thanks largely to another stellar performance from goalie Katie Mandigo (eight saves).

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Livesay coached Trinity, which has lost four consecutive NCAA finals since winning it all under her in 2012, for eight years before returning to Vermont last season as associate head coach in Hall of Famer Missy Foote's final season.
"This was a tough game for me going in personally," Livesay said. "It's hard to face those guys. I really love those girls, especially those seniors. I was a little distracted by that early in the day, so I was glad we played a little later."
It is Middlebury's sixth title, but first since 2005, two years after Livesay graduated. Livesay, who also won two titles as a player, is the first women's lacrosse coach at any level to coach two different schools to an NCAA title.

Middlebury goalie Katie Mandigo, making one of her eight saves in a 9-5 win over Trinity in the NCAA championship game Sunday, earned Most Outstanding Player honors. (Rich Barnes) 

It was another Middlebury native, Mandigo, who locked up the title. The goalie was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after spending her second consecutive game making timely saves on the biggest stage.
"Katie was the inspiration for our team this weekend," Livesay said. "From the beginning she was like, 'We are not here just to have fun and enjoy this. We're here to win.'"
"We weren't willing to settle for just getting to the final four," Mandigo said. "We wanted to capitalize on all of our opportunities and bring home the bacon."
Middlebury's lone loss this season came against Trinity, though the Panthers (22-1) did get the win back in the NESCAC final, snapping Trinity's league title streak at five. It was Middlebury's first win over Trinity since 2009.
"It was hard that for us to be successful meant for them to lose," Livesay said. "Katy Dissinger is such a tremendous coach. I love this team — there's no question how I wanted things to go today — but I would say bittersweet is probably a good word."
Laurel Pascal, Bridget Instrum and Hollis Perticone all scored twice for Middlebury, which scored the first six goals and led 5-0 at halftime.
It was the second time a Livesay-coached team held a team scoreless in the first half of a championship game. Trinity held Salisbury scoreless in the first half en route to winning the 2012 title. That was one year before the Bantams' current senior class arrived. Their college careers ended the same way each season did, with a loss in the NCAA final.
"The six of us have gotten to play in every conceivable game of lacrosse that we could have in the four years we've been here," said Trinity senior Martha Griffin, who graduates as perhaps the best player in program history. "It's pretty amazing. I really love this team and I love this game, so I'm thankful for that. It's been an amazing ride, despite the ending."
Clare Lyne led Trinity (19-4) with three goals. Karly Simpson had two assists.
"What hurts for me the most is I wanted it so badly for the six seniors," Dissinger said. "I wanted it for the rest of the team, absolutely, but especially for these six. They're the epitome of what it means to work hard."
Dissinger, who played for Bowdoin in the last NCAA final not to feature Trinity (2011), was an assistant coach under Livesay and took over before last season, when Livesay returned home to take over for Foote.

Middlebury players rush onto the field at Talen Energy Stadium after a 9-5 win over Trinity in the NCAA Division III women's lacrosse championship game Sunday in Chester, Pa. (Rich Barnes)

Before she retired, Foote said she wanted to ensure the players she recruited, who came to Middlebury to play for her, were in good hands. Livesay was the perfect choice. She grew up in Middlebury and understood the culture and traditions that Foote built, but added perspective and a fresh set of eyes that had spent the previous eight years looking for ways to defeat Middlebury.
"It was a little weird at first to hear Missy say she was retiring," senior midfielder Chrissy Ritter said. "But we are so incredibly lucky to have KP [Livesay] fill her shoes. When we heard KP was coming we said, 'All right. We have another amazing, phenomenal head coach.' She's been such a blessing."
Livesay credited Foote for leaving her a loaded team on the verge of a national championship with a nine-person senior class.
"When I say the talent was there on this team, it was there because Missy brought it," Livesay said. "She created such a tradition of winning. Standing on the shoulders of those that came before you was a theme to this weekend."
The past was impossible to ignore. The Panthers just needed to look into the crowd, where Foote was cheering with the rest of the Middlebury faithful.
"She's here cheering more loudly than anyone," Livesay said. "Everyone can hear her in the stadium. She's so devoted to Middlebury lacrosse. It makes me so happy to know that these guys put a statement on her coaching career by winning this championship today."

2006 NCAA SemiFinals - UVA Men's Lacrosse vs. Syracuse - 10 Years ago!

2006 NCAA SemiFinals - UVA Men's Lacrosse vs. Syracuse - 10 Years ago!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dom Starsia is out as UVA's Head Lacrosse Coach

Dom Starsia is out as UVA's Head Lacrosse Coach

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 6:27 pm
Virginia has confirmed the departure of longtime men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia via a press release.
“Dom Starsia is a Hall of Fame coach and I want to thank him for all he has done for Virginia men’s lacrosse, UVA athletics, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community,” said Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage in a press release. “In addition to winning 73 percent of his games at UVa with multiple ACC and NCAA championships, Dom was committed to the development of student-athletes as his teams were cited for their sportsmanship and academic achievements. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from Dom.
“These decisions are not easy and Dom and I have had a number of substantive conversations over the last several weeks regarding the future of the program.”
Said Starsia: “When our season ended, Craig informed me of his decision to make a coaching change. I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who has been so gracious to me and my family during our time in Charlottesville. While blessed to have been part of some great teams, this experience has always been about the people and the relationships. I want to thank the players and their families who have been such an important part of my life. I would also like to thank all the coaches and staff who have propped me up over a lot of years, and especially to Marc Van Arsdale, who was here when I arrived 24 years ago. What a joy it has been to coach with my son Joe these past three years! I am very proud of all that we have accomplished here at the University of Virginia.”
Starsia’s contract was set to expire in January 2017, with Virginia still owing him approximately $400,000.
“In our search for the next head coach, we will be looking for a dynamic leader who clearly articulates a plan to build upon the tradition Dom and his staff created over the last two and a half decades and who can position our men’s lacrosse program to compete annually for ACC and NCAA championships while also achieving success academically,” Littlepage said.

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