Team registration is now open for the Citizens Bank Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. This year’s festival is Sunday, August 7th at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Each team is comprised of 21 paddlers who race head to head in 41 foot long dragon boats over a 300 meter course. Festival organizers encourage everyone to join together with your co-workers, friends, and family and form a team. No paddling experience is necessary, it’s all for fun, friendly competition, and raising money to fund programs to help friends and neighbors living with a cancer diagnosis. Online registration is easy. Just visit www.ridethedragon.org(link is external) for complete festival information and registration details. Every team gets a free one hour practice session in July. Space is limited so organize your team right away. The festival has become one of Vermont’s most popular summer events with over 20,000 paddlers and spectators annually. It’s all about community with entertainment, food vendors, a silent auction, raffles and more. The core of Dragonheart Vermont’s mission is to give back to the community and over the last five years the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival has raised over $435,000 to support critical cancer programs in Vermont. This year, Dragonheart is expanding its community mission. With the on-going support of presenting sponsor Citizens Bank and other local businesses and organizations, the festival has set a goal to raise $250,000 to launch Survivorship NOW, a new Dragonheart Vermont initiative to help bridge the gap cancer survivors face between treatment and recovery. The Network on Wellness will promote opportunities for therapeutic treatments, strengthening programs, education, and networking to better serve cancer survivors in our community. The initiative has the strong endorsement of cancer survivors, doctors, and health care institutions in our area. The need is real and Survivorship NOW promises cancer survivors a network of services that will help them live well with cancer. Linda Dyer, Dragonheart Vermont, Executive Director:‘Our Dragonheart organization is excited about putting our efforts toward helping to promote more opportunities for wellness for cancer survivors in our community. As a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization, we have seen firsthand how valuable fitness, camaraderie, and connection can be. Our hope is that all cancer survivors in our community will have the chance to get the programs needed to live each day to the fullest.’ Marni Willams, Team Captain of Paddling in Vein states:‘We are honored to take part in the LCDBF for the 6th year in a row. Many of our members have been touched one way or another by cancer and we look forward to this opportunity to pay forward the efforts that have been made on behalf of those affected.’ Visit www.ridethedragon.org(link is external) for complete details.
“The defense is what gave us those 114 points. There in the second quarter, middle of the second quarter, we got stops,” Griffin said. At one point in the run, Griffin got into a brief shoving match with Khris Middleton (14 points) in a scramble for a loose ball. Each player was assessed a technical fouls.The fray only seemed to rile up the Clippers’ big man, who finished 8 of 13 from the field.“I don’t think (Blake) needs the anger to do it. He just does it,” coach Doc Rivers said. “He has been our go-to guy down the stretch.”Later, Bucks guard Luke Ridnour lost the ball on a drive into the lane and Los Angeles went on the break. Griffin in transition hit a layup around two defenders and got fouled for the three-point play to cap the big run.By that time it was 57-36 with 1:33 in the second quarter. At least the dedicated fans that stuck around were treated to free hot chocolate on the concourse, a team promotion to fill the arena while arctic cold gripped the region.The Clippers then led by as much as 39, and the lead fell below 20 just once in the second half.Milwaukee did play with more energy two nights after Drew closed the locker room and challenged players’ lackadaisical style in a 25-point loss to the Hawks.The Bucks just couldn’t keep up with the faster and more athletic Clippers. Drew said his team simply missed shots during the decisive run — including some good looks — and couldn’t answer the opponent’s momentum plays.“You just have to stay the course. When things happen, sometimes you have plays that are rather deflating,” Caron Butler (11 points) said. “Take the ball out, continue to get out in transition, keep the momentum and try to play our style of basketball.” Ilyasova was 6 of 22 from the field, and the Bucks shot just 38 percent on the evening.Things looked promising early for Milwaukee, in desperate need of a spark to make something out of this wayward season. Middleton’s jumper with 9:58 in the second got the Bucks within 34-32.But as often has been the case this season, a spurt of turnovers and sloppy play spelled big trouble for Milwaukee.Notes: Rivers said guard Chris Paul (separated shoulder) was running and starting to shoot again, but there was otherwise no change in his timetable to return around the All-Star break next month. Asked if he played a role in deciding when Paul was ready, Rivers answered “I never have anything to do with that. I’m not a real doctor, as you know. I thought you knew that.” … Bucks starting center Larry Sanders and veteran guard O.J. Mayo each sat out a second game in a week due to flu-like symptoms. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When we were flying yesterday, flying here, I remember guys saying they can’t wait to get home, stuff like that,” Griffin said. “But we knew we still had a game to play, some business to take care of.”Los Angeles finished its trip 5-2, a franchise best for their annual Grammy sojourn. Darren Collison added 15 points and seven assists.Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, an NBA-worst 8-36.“Against a team like the Clippers, you have to be clicking on all cylinders,” coach Larry Drew said. “They’re playing extremely, extremely well. The low-post game has been really good.”The 6-foot-10 Griffin alone was a handful in the second quarter. He backed down Ilyasova in the post, and then followed with a steal and breakaway dunk for a 49-36 lead with 3:32 left after Ilyasova mishandled a pass on the other end. MILWAUKEE — These days, there’s no place like this Midwest outpost for NBA teams to end a long road trip on a high note.Blake Griffin dominated the paint with 20 points, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and the Clippers ended their nearly two-week journey away from Los Angeles with a 114-86 win Monday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. Forced to travel more than 11,000 miles through the air during the trip because the Staples Center was occupied by the Grammy Awards, Griffin looked right at home in Milwaukee. After Griffin capped off a decisive 21-2 run in the second quarter with a three-point play, about the only drama left was to count up how many dunks Lob City’s stars would throw down the rest of the night.
Morris hopes the district re-open schools “and scrap distance learning. You failed my children.”Several board members agreed with the need for better online offerings.“I don’t think it can be a free-for-all where in many cases, kids were on their own,” Board member Laurie Rich Levinson said. “It’s important our kids be educated every single day.”School district officials offered several options for reducing the number of students and promoting social distancing.However, board members now believe the best option is for all students to attend at least two days a week.One option would have some students attend Mondays and Tuesdays, and others on Thursday and Friday, with cleaning and disinfecting occurring on Wednesday.Other School Board members believe schools should be open to students every day, with cleaning and disinfecting taking place on nights and weekends.On the other hand, board member Donna Korn suggests a compromise in which schools could be open a half-day to students Wednesday, with the other half to be used for cleaning and teacher planning and professional development.School district officials plan to further discuss the options throughout the summer. The plans could also depend on how severe the coronavirus is in Broward County at the beginning of the school year.UPDATED: School Systems Consider Twice-a-Week School, Other Options for Fall Students in Broward would return to campus two to three days a week this fall, with improved at-home education offered on the remaining days, according to a proposal that School Board members outlined this week.The plan, is under development, attempts to balance the preferences of parents and students.All of the board members said they wanted students on campus as much, and as safely as possible, when the school year starts Aug. 19.However, parents and students are divided on the matter. A recent survey found that a third of parents and students prefer a full-time return to school, while another third want a hybrid online and in-person experience. A quarter of them want education to stay online, and the rest were unsure.Many parents and students have criticized the online instruction that was offered during the spring, as lockdowns went into effect due to the pandemic.They said teachers put course materials and assignments online and often did not cover the material or have contact with students.“Your lack of assigning appropriate teachers to provide online instruction is negligence,” Parkland parent Tammy Morris told the School Board. “I am now spending the summer teaching my children the appropriate math and English lessons they did not receive. I am not a teacher; I am a mother.”