Chittenden Bank Helps Local Families byDonating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s SpaceBurlington, VT The quality childcare and early educational development programs provided by the Burlington Children’s Space (BCS) help children and their families grow and thrive within their community. As the organization enters its 25th year of service, BCS is seeking additional support to supplement the tuition for families who do not qualify due to the freezes placed on the subsidy program. A sliding scale for tuition was adjusted this fall to create additional relief to families impacted by the freeze. BCS has agreed to reserve 21 spots for families receiving state subsides for tuition, and maintain 15 preschool spots for a collaboration supporting Head Start Eligible families. The additional funding is critical for children who come from households that lack access to resources as basic as parents who read to them, play-related learning experiences, and the books, tools, and activities needed to stimulate intellectual and physical growth.”At Chittenden Bank, we understand the need to provide quality childcare for families that otherwise would not have an option. We are pleased to give a $2,000 donation to support the efforts of BCS,” said Kathy Schirling, Senior Vice President at Chittenden Bank.BCS Director Sarah Adams-Kollitz said, “We were very impressed with Chittenden Bank’s decision to fund essential services to some of the communitys most vulnerable citizens.””Affordable high quality child care is an essential service: a link to financial stability for parents who work or attend school, a source of learning and inspiration for young children, as well as a place where parents can seek additional support in times of need. Because of community support like this gift from the Chittenden Bank we are able to offer parents a sliding scale for tuition (the only one in the county), for which parents are extremely grateful,” explained Adams-Kollitz. One parent said, “If it were not for all the dear hearts at BCS I would not be able to put my energy into my new business and help it get off the ground. Literally, BCS is helping me achieve my life long dream!”Burlington Children’s SpaceHealthy, inquisitive, joyful children are a sign of a healthy society and something a community can take pride in. Children from all economic sectors are provided with care and early education of the highest quality. The BCS has been serving the community for over 25 years, for more information please call the McClure Multi-Generational Center at 802-658-1500.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals statewide for more than 100 years. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices located throughout the state, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.-###-
Louis van Gaal will put up his “iron shield” and do battle with those who criticise his methods at Manchester United. Just last season he branded Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure” for his lack of success at Arsenal. Van Gaal refuses to go down the same route as his former assistant though. “Every human being reacts, as I have said, in his own way and you have to ask him why he reacts like he does, not me,” Van Gaal added. “We hardly speak to each other. Sometimes on SMS.” Van Gaal, perhaps sensing his words could be seen as an attack on Mourinho, quickly reminded the gathered media at his pre-match press conference that his relationship with Mourinho is still very strong. “When we see each other, we feel the warmth between us and our families, which is nice,” Van Gaal said. With Mourinho by his side, Van Gaal won two Primera Division titles and the Copa del Rey during his first term at Barca. Mourinho has since forged a hugely successful career of his own which has yielded an astounding 20 trophies to date. The Portuguese often credits a lot of his success to Van Gaal and his other mentor Sir Bobby Robson, but the Manchester United manager thinks the main reason behind Mourinho’s success is the man himself. ”He talks about Louis van Gaal and also Bobby Robson, and I appreciate that, but you always do it by yourself,” Van Gaal said. “It’s good that Jose Mourinho’s eyes were very open when he was my assistant, but you do it by yourself.” Mourinho has riled many leading figures in football, whether it be in Portugal, Italy, Spain or England. The 51-year-old has been viewed as a somewhat arrogant figure ever since he proclaimed himself the ‘Special One’ when he arrived at Chelsea 10 years ago, so it was with some surprise that Van Gaal chose to describe Mourinho as ”modest” on Friday. ”He’s such a wonderful coach,” Van Gaal added. ”And to see that he’s been a champion in different countries is fantastic. ”He is a very modest and emotional human being, and I like that. ”He’s very special but he is very special for me because I’ve worked with him and we’ve continued our relationship, which in the football world is not always normal. That’s nice.” Van Gaal has warned Mourinho he will not be able to walk away with three points on Sunday without at fight though. “It is logical that he is further (along) with his team than I am with Manchester United. But nevertheless we can win on Sunday,” Van Gaal said. The Dutchman will need to see an improvement from his compatriot Robin van Persie if United are to breach a defence that has only conceded eight times in the league so far this season. Van Persie has found the net just twice this term, but Van Gaal is sure the former Arsenal striker will rediscover the kind of form that saw him bag four goals at the World Cup. When asked whether Van Persie was on the decline as a footballer, Van Gaal said: “No, he has showed that at the World Championship and he is showing it now except for scoring goals, but it’s only a matter of time. “But with his self-confidence, I expect that he will score and maybe against Chelsea.” Van Gaal’s decision to play 5-3-2 at the start of the season was heavily criticised and he also came under fire for failing to add any experienced defenders to his squad. A third defeat of the season, this time at the hands of his former protege Jose Mourinho, would lead to further criticism of his reign, but Van Gaal is not interested in what his doubters have to say. “Maybe you know that I am always a controversial person and a lot has written about that, but I (have) an iron shield,” the United boss said. “It’s been like that since I came to England. “Everyone can write or speak about me and I cannot change that. “It took a long time for me to understand but I cannot change that. “I have learned not to react and to believe in myself, my players and staff. That’s important.” Mourinho, who worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona for three years, employs a different tactic when it comes to criticism, often taking his enemies on in public spats. Van Gaal faces the biggest test of his reign as United boss on Sunday when unbeaten league leaders Chelsea come to Old Trafford. United’s pre-season record under Van Gaal was impeccable, but since the competitive calendar began, the Red Devils have only taken 12 points from a possible 24 to lie sixth in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association
Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer struggled mightily against Butler, scoring just three points as the Badgers fell out of the Sweet 16.[/media-credit]Every week of this basketball season, Herald Sports has looked back at the Wisconsin Badgers’ most recent games and offered a report card grading the team’s performance.Now, the Badgers’ season is over after Thursday’s 61-54 Sweet 16 loss to the Butler Bulldogs (26-9, 13-5 Horizon). Wisconsin finished the season with a 25-9 record (13-5 Big Ten), but Thursday’s loss most likely burns the worst.Despite the Bulldogs having, perhaps, shed their perennial underdog status – they certainly had after Thursday’s game – a sense of optimism pervaded around the Badgers, given the fortitude they exhibited in their Round Three win over Kansas State and their overall improved play following their debacle of a performance in the Big Ten Tournament.Nevertheless, Wisconsin returns home while Butler has advanced to its second consecutive Final Four.Offense: 2.5 out of 5When Wisconsin scored just 33 points in its opening – and only – game of the Big Ten Tournament, Badger fans thought they had seen the worst. While the 54 points Wisconsin compiled against Butler certainly look better on paper, the offensive performance was almost just as poor. The Badgers scored 24 in the first half Thursday (they scored 16 in the first half in Indianapolis) and 30 in the second, but the latter period hampered UW’s effort even more.The Badgers opened the second half trailing by nine but did not score until the 14:03 mark in the second half, when sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz nailed a jumper. “Brueser” finished with seven points and four rebounds, contributing his strong play off the bench in the NCAA tournament. Yet, his basket was Wisconsin’s first since the 2:50 mark in the first half. At that point, it was a 30-24 game in favor of Butler. At the end of their drought, the Badgers trailed 42-26.Wisconsin did find some offense in the final 10 minutes of the game. After falling behind by 20, the Badgers were able to narrow the deficit to just four – but with just 29 seconds remaining.Individually, no Badger had a more disappointing performance Thursday than senior forward – and leading scorer – Jon Leuer. Leuer entered the game averaging 18.7 points per game, shooting .480 from the field and .379 from 3-point range. In UW’s initial two NCAA tournament games, Leuer averaged 20.5 points per game, .542 from the field and .400 from 3-point range.Against Butler, Leuer finished with just three points on 1-for-12 (.083) shooting from the field and 1-for-6 (.167) from 3-point range. With his struggles, second-leading scorer, junior point guard Jordan Taylor, was forced to carry a huge load, playing 39 minutes and taking 19 shots. He made six of them (.315) and finished with 22 points. Most notable for Taylor was his nation-leading assist-turnover ratio. He had two assists and four turnovers against Butler, while he was averaging 4.8 and 1.2, respectively, entering the game.Senior forward Keaton Nankivil and senior guard Tim Jarmusz had arguably the best offensive performances among UW’s starters, finishing with nine and seven points, respectively. Freshman guard Josh Gasser also finished with six points.Defense: 3.5 out of 5Against Wisconsin, Butler shot 19-for-45 (.422) from the field and 5-for-18 (.278) from 3-point range. Entering the game, those averages were .445 and .361, respectively. The Bulldogs also averaged 72.4 points per game before facing the Badgers, and scored just 54 Thursday.Butler senior forward and leading scorer (16.7 points per game) Matt Howard led the Bulldogs with 20 points on 4-for-8 shooting (.500) from the field and 3-for-5 (.600) from 3-point range, and largely won every battle with Leuer. Shelvin Mack, the Bulldogs’ point guard and second-leading scorer (15.6 points per game) finished with 13 and was held to 4-for-13 (.308) shooting from the field. Senior guard Shawn Vanzant was the only other Bulldog to score in double digits, contributing 10 points and a game-high four assists.For Wisconsin, Jarmusz recorded four steals, two of which came at crucial moments in the Badgers’ final run.Bench: 2.5 out of 5UW head coach Bo Ryan played three bench players against Butler (not counting those who came in for the final minute). Of the three, Bruesewitz was the only one to score a point. His strong performance was the lone positive for the bench, as sophomore forward Ryan Evans saw six minutes of playing time, missed the only shot he took, recorded one rebound and committed three fouls. Senior guard Brett Valentyn played four minutes and recorded only one rebound.Sophomore forward Jared Berggren had begun the NCAA tournament with strong play off the bench, contributing eight points in a combined 16 minutes of playing time in the Badgers’ first two games. Yet, he played just one minute Thursday, missed two shots and contributed just one rebound.Player of the Game: Jordan TaylorIf there was a player of the game for Wisconsin, it has to be Taylor. Outside of him, no other Badger eclipsed double digits in scoring. His six shots made were more than 35 percent of UW’s total of 17, and while Bruesewitz was 3-of-3 from the foul line, Taylor was the only Badger to strongly make his presence felt at the charity stripe, where he was 7-for-12 (.583).Taylor also tied with Jarmusz for second on UW in rebounding, pulling down five boards (two offensive). While Wisconsin’s performance against Butler was so lackluster, Taylor’s continued effort and big plays throughout UW’s final stand (several crucial free throws and a two consecutive 3-pointers with less than 1:40 remaining) make him the most valuable Badger in this final edition of Herald Sports grades.