Seminar on Hunter Access Offered to Vermont Landowners

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar for landowners interested in learning more about hunting, wildlife management, and conservation. The seminar is co-hosted by the nonprofit Vermont Coverts.

The seminar will be held on Friday, February 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ANR Annex Building, 190 Jct. Rd. Berlin, Vermont. It will feature workshops and presentations by Fish & Wildlife head of law enforcement Colonel Jason Batchelder as well as several department biologists. They will review the rights of landowners and the limits to liability, and talk about who hunts in Vermont and what other recreational uses of private lands take place here. Biologists will also speak about the science of wildlife management, and discuss hunting as a tool for promoting healthy forests.

“This seminar is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about Vermont’s hunting culture, and how landowners fit in the picture,” said Chris Saunders of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “We’ll participate in thoughtful discussion as a group, and address many of the facts and myths about hunting and hunters.”

The seminar is free and includes breakfast and lunch. 


Visit Vt Fish &Wildlife at the Yankee Show, Jan. 20-22

The annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic show will be held January 20, 21 and 22 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting you to visit their exhibits and attend their seminars at the show.

“We are looking forward to talking with as many people as possible at the show,” said Nicole Meier, information and education specialist with the department. “It’s a great opportunity for us to share the latest information about fish and wildlife, and it gives people a chance to talk to us about fish and wildlife issues. Our wardens, biologists and other staff will be at our exhibits.”

The 2017 hunting, fishing and trapping lawbooks and optional Vermont big game tags will be available at Fish & Wildlife’s exhibit booth. The free tags are offered as a durable alternative to paper tags on licenses and may be used to tag deer, bear or turkeys. Hunters, anglers, and trappers will also be able to buy their 2017 licenses.

Fish & Wildlife’s deer biologist Nick Fortin will give a presentation on the deer herd at Noon on Saturday.

Show hours are Noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Jeff Capen Named Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach

Johnson State College Director of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura announced on Thursday (12/22/16) the hiring of Jeff Capen ('14, '16) as head women's lacrosse coach.

"We are excited to add Jeff to our athletics staff," says Ventura. "We believe he has the ability to build a strong and competitive culture for our women's lacrosse program."

Capen brings 20 years of leadership and coaching experience to Johnson, having coached soccer at multiple levels. For the last two years, he has served as a teaching assistant in the humanities department at JSC.

"I love JSC and supporting the varied interests of all the students, not just athletes," says Capen. "My personal mission is to help people move mentally and emotionally from where they are to where they want to be, or need to be and don't know it. I want to put in place the elements of a successful program that extend beyond X's and O's, which will advance the program to championship caliber."

Capen is a Johnson State alumnus, having earned a bachelor's degree in professional studies in 2014 and a master's degree in higher education administration in 2016.


Thunder Road announces 2017 Schedule

29-Apr Sat Downtown Barre Care Show
30-Apr Sun 55th Merchants Bank 150 - ACT TOUR EVENT
21-May Sun Harvest Equipment
28-May Sun Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic
15-Jun Thurs Cassella Waste Management
22-Jun Thurs North Country Federal Credit Union
29-Jun Thurs Community College of VT
3-Jul Mon Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Fireworks
6-Jul Thurs Regular Event
13-Jul Thurs VP Governor's Cup
20-Jul Thurs FairPoint Communications
27-Jul Thurs Times Argus Mid- Season Championships
3-Aug Thurs WDEV Radio / Calkins Portable Toilets
6-Aug Sun M & M Bev. Enduro/Perry & Sons SS Special
10-Aug Thurs Cody Chevrolet
17-Aug Thurs US Army Recruiting
24-Aug Thurs Jet Service/ Accura Printing
3-Sep Sun 39th Coca Cola Labor Day Classic - ACT TOUR EVENT
30-Sep Sat Booth Brothers/HP Hood Qualifying Day
Oct Sun 55th VT Milk Bowl presented by NSB


Shane Bufano Named Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Johnson State College Director of Athletics and Recreation Jamey Ventura announced on Wednesday (12/21/16) the hiring of Shane Bufano as head men's soccer coach.

"We selected Shane from a competitive group of applicants and are fortunate to have a person with his experience and passion leading our men's soccer program," says Ventura. "He's an excellent addition to our coaching staff and we are excited to see him bring the program to the next level."

Bufano served as an assistant women's coach at Division II Saint Michael's College in Colchester the past two seasons. Prior to his time at Saint Michael's, Bufano coached in the South Burlington High School boys' soccer program from 2011 to 2014, helping the Rebels appear in three Division 1 State Championship Games, capturing two state titles in 2011 and 2014. Bufano is also the founder and director of coaching for Queen City FC of Burlington. The club holds a current membership of over 300 youth players on over 20 boys' and girls' teams between U-8 and U-19. Recently, Bufano earned two of the Vermont Soccer Association's highest honors as he was named VSA Administrator of the Year in 2016 and the VSA Girls Coach of the Year in 2013.

"I am extremely honored to be the next head men's soccer coach at Johnson State College," says Bufano. "I am excited for the opportunity to return the Badgers to a regional contender and for the chance to work with the returning student-athletes and strong alumni network. I am looking forward to bringing my many years of experience recruiting as well as my knowledge of youth soccer in the area and at the collegiate level."

Bufano earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2009 from Green Mountain College, where he was a two-time Association of D3 Independents (AD3I) All-Conference selection as a forward for the Eagles and led the team in points and goals in 2005 and 2006.

Prior to Green Mountain, Bufano played at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vt., winning two state titles (2002, 2003). He also played several years with Nordic Soccer Club, and was a member of Vermont ODP for three seasons.

Bufano holds several coaching certifications, including the NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Level I Goalkeeper License, NSCAA Futsal Level I Diploma, and USSF National "D" Coaching License.


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Johnson State College varsity student-athletes are hitting the courts and the fields as hard as they ever have. But they’re hitting the books even harder than before — and it shows in their GPAs.

Since the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) was established as a pilot in 2014-15 and implemented for all varsity sports last year, JSC has met its goal of at least 50 percent of teams achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

For the spring ’16 semester, 11 of JSC’s 15 NCAA Division III teams met the goal — two years earlier than called for in the athletics department’s five-year plan and nearly double the number of teams from the fall ’15 semester. Eighty-four individuals surpassed the 3.0 goal.

“The consistent monitoring of our student-athletes’ success in the classroom throughout the semester is one factor that can be attributed to the increase in GPAs,” says JSC Director of Athletics & Recreation Jamey Ventura. “The second would be introducing our student-athletes to the variety of support services on campus for them to be successful in the classroom and beyond, such as internships, career services help and professional development opportunities.”

ASPSA is based on a system of monitoring and support for students. Each varsity team is tracked every semester. An overall ASPSA goal is “to help keep (students) on track throughout the course of the semester to achieve great success in the classroom each semester,” Ventura says.

To meet that objective, student-athletes attend supervised academic sessions for study and homework completion throughout the week at the library, with hourly attendance requirements. In addition, each student-athlete turns in biweekly academic progress reports that track attendance and grades for each class, which help identify any at-risk students, and first-year student-athletes are paired with a mentor for a year to help them acclimate to academics, athletics and social life.

Varsity team members also participate in workshops offered by the Office of Academic Support Services to all JSC students on such topics as time management, goal-setting, conflict resolution and resume-building.

The improved grades of JSC student-athletes are more significant than numbers alone.

“The success they’re having in the classroom certainly affects everything they are doing. Their self-esteem and confidence are raised, which in turn helps them become better leaders and more involved in the community and on their teams. And they become role models for the first-year students,” Ventura says. He notes that student-retention and graduation rates are higher for student-athletes than for the overall student body at JSC.

With student-athletes more engaged in academics, the whole campus benefits. “Our student-athletes are more committed to their classes,” Ventura says. “Their participation level increases, making for a more robust classroom experience for everybody.”


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