Wilton Parks and Recreation Director recognized for 31 years of service

first_imgFrank Donald (second from left) and his family gathered for a dedication ceremony on Monday afternoon.WILTON – A dedication ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the annual Town Report which highlights the efforts of a different community member each year. This year’s report was dedicated to Parks and Recreation Director Frank Donald who has been with the town for 31 years.Donald grew up in Wilton, and has paid special attention to the area youth through recreation sports, spending a number of years coaching or assisting local teams. Donald maintains the town’s parks, including Kineowatha Park which was acquired from the state shortly before Donald began his job as director. Donald still takes it on himself to mow the town’s five parks, according to the dedication.In recent years, Donald has overseen the improvement of the department’s office building and ice skating warming hut, and has overseen the design and implementation of a disc golf course. In addition to youth programming that ranges from swimming lessons, to day camps and sports teams, Donald also developed and oversees adult programming such as basketball, volley ball and pickleball.A crowd of town officials and Donald’s friends and family gathered for the dedication ceremony to honor his years of service.last_img read more

Offensive rhythm lacking for Badgers against NU

first_imgIn the first half of Sunday’s game against Northwestern (13-9, 4-7), the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (16-6,6-5) outshot the Wildcats by a full 10 points in field goal percentage. For the remainder of the game, Northwestern shot 65 percent from the field.Guess who came out victorious?In the 68-62 loss to the Wildcats, the Badgers saw a 32-27 halftime lead quickly evaporate as Northwestern opened with a 6-2 run in the first two minutes of the second half. In a game that featured a variety of statistical oddities, it was defense and free throw shooting that felled Wisconsin.“Credit Northwestern,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “They came out in the second half and made nine of nine right away. We allowed 65 percent shooting in the second half, and that’s not who we are. We’re a defensive team.”Despite the presence of 6-foot-5 junior center and reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Amy Jaeschke and 6-foot-2 freshman forward Kendall Hackney in the Wildcats’ starting lineup, the Badgers managed to win the points in the paint battle, 26-14. Furthermore, while Wisconsin forced five more turnovers, it was Northwestern that had 19 points off turnovers compared to the Badgers’ 17.Three-point shooting was of particular significance in Sunday’s contest, as Northwestern shot 53.3 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Wisconsin converted only 21.4 percent from three-point land. Interestingly, though, the Badgers attempted 16 more shots than the Wildcats, and made six more — highlighting the impact of NU’s hot shooting.For Wisconsin, only three players even attempted a three-point shot. Northwestern, meanwhile, had four players who attempted at least three, and a total of six Wildcats put up shots from behind the arc. Senior guard Kristin Cartwright and junior guard Beth Marshall were especially dangerous, going 2-for-2 and 2-of-3 from three-point land, respectively.“I think it kind of felt like we were a step behind the whole night,” Wisconsin junior guard Alyssa Karel said. “A step slow to help, a step slow to recovery. We didn’t really have our flying around mentality that we usually have, and I think that was what cost us. We were just slow tonight.”The Badgers’ poor defense took some of the luster off another solid offensive game for Karel, who contributed 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and a superlative performance by junior forward Lin Zastrow, who scored a career-high 19 points by connecting on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.However, Wisconsin was also hurt by a lack of free throw attempts.Amazingly, the Badgers got to the charity stripe zero times in the first half, compared to eight for the Wildcats. In the second half, Stone’s squad went to the foul line seven times and converted five, but Northwestern went 12-for-16 to finish 18-of-24 for the game.“We weren’t being aggressive offensively,” Stone said of the limited number of free throw attempts. “Now a lot of that has to do with maybe facing a zone; we’re not really driving the ball to the basket, it’s maybe a turn-and-catch. But we got a little more aggressive in the second half.“But once again, their defense sped us up. We tried to live and die by the outside shot, and I thought once we got Lin going — and I thought Lin had a great game offensively — really got her going, got the ball inside, we found some success. But we didn’t get there because we weren’t aggressive offensively.”Also of notable impact was Northwestern’s defensive approach.Throughout the game, the Wildcats rotated their defense between a 1-2-2 full-court press, zone and man-to-man defense. The 1-2-2 was especially crippling for the Badgers, who often struggled to get the ball across half court and saw many of their turnovers come as a result of the full-court pressure.In addition to the lack of offensive rhythm, Stone’s squad dropped its first game with three or more players scoring in double digits. Before Sunday’s loss, the Badgers were 10-0 in such games. In addition to Zastrow and Karel, senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie contributed 10 points.“We could not get into any rhythm,” Stone said. “That was a mixture of the 1-2-2 and the zone as well as their man-to-man. They mixed it up quite a bit. We found, I thought, some really good opportunities in the first half, I thought we moved the ball really well and they went with what was working for them, and that was their 1-2-2 and their zone.”last_img read more

Future Electric Pickup Trucks Worth Waiting For

first_imgElectric motors and bigger batteries will continue to find their way into pickup powertrains. The additional low-end torque and inherent efficiency of these new powertrains are sure to provide these workhorses with the tools necessary to easily haul heavy loads.Several makes are joining the electric truck revolution, including Tesla, Rivian, Bollinger and even big names like Ford.Yes, the pickup truck’s future looks bright, so scroll down through to see what new electric pickups will be available in the coming years.Bollinger B2In many ways, the Bollinger B2 is a modern take on the Chevrolet Avalanche. Armed with a pair of electric motors and a generously sized 120-kWh battery pack, the electric pickup offers a folding mid-gate that allows the nearly six-foot bed to extend into the cabin (adding more than two feet to the bed’s length in the process). With 614 horsepower, a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds, and an estimated driving range of 200 miles, the B2 pairs extreme efficiency with extreme capability. Bollinger expects to begin production of the B2 next year.Ford F-150 Hybrid and ElectricThe Ford F-150 is going electric, and it starts with a gasoline-electric hybrid model. Expected to join the fold for the 2020 model year, the F-150 Hybrid will allow the full-size pickup to serve as a mobile generator while sacrificing little – if any – of the model’s towing and hauling capabilities. Spy photos of the truck lead us to believe the F-150 Hybrid will offer plug-in capability and be able to travel short distances on electricity alone.But the Blue Oval doesn’t plan to stop at an F-150 Hybrid; the American automobile manufacturer will also bring an electric F-150 to market. Likely based on the next-generation F-150 (due before the middle of the next decade), the battery-electric model is sure to offer impressive performance and driving range from the get-go. Expect the F-150 Electric to come to market with a towing capacity of at least 10,000 pounds and a driving range of more than 200 miles.Rivian R1TThe Rivian R1T might be our best look yet at the pickup truck’s future. Armed with as much as 800 horsepower from its electric motors, the R1T is an electric luxury truck that hauls butts and heavy loads. Case in point: The trot to 60 miles per hour takes a claimed 3.0 seconds, while maximum towing capacity stands at 11,000 pounds. Additionally, an available 180-kWh battery pack allegedly affords more than 400 miles of driving range. The R1T is set to arrive in late 2020 with a starting price of just less than $70,000.Tesla PickupTesla will reportedly make a “new kind of pickup truck.” While we’re still trying to decipher what that means, we expect Tesla will show off its truck sometime in the next couple of years (when it actually goes on sale, however, is a different timetable altogether). Using the Model 3 as a base, the Tesla pickup will likely cast a far smaller shadow than that of today’s mid- and full-size pickups. Expect the Tesla to pack formidable driving range and impressive tow and payload ratings for its size.Atlis XTAtlis Motor Vehicle company is a new-ish name on the scene.Atlis says its XT electric pickup truck is among the most capable trucks to ever be revealed. According to the automaker, the truck can be configured to go up to 500 miles on electric by selecting the largest battery pack.In addition to the long range, the towing capacity is impressive at up to 35,000 pounds. The payload is listed at up to 5,000 pounds, which is equally high.Atlis XT is considered a full-size truck and, unlike with the Rivian R1T, a 6.5 or 8-foot bed can be selected. Clearly then, this is a larger truck than Rivian’s. Its 8-lug wheel design suggests it’s a heavy-hauler too.Though it’s said to be coming, Atlis seems to be a bit of vaporware for now. Still, it’s a cool truck with impressive specs. Source: Electric Vehicle News Musk Tweets – Tesla Truck Range To Be 500 Miles, Maybe Higher From the Rivian R1T to the promised Tesla pickup, these are the electric pickup trucks to start saving up for.The truck wars are heating up, and manufacturers will introduce new and exciting pickups across multiple segments in the coming years. But more importantly for us in the electric car sphere, electric trucks are coming soon.More Electric Truck Info Watch Rivian R1S SUV & R1T Truck Roll Down The Streets Of Aspen Ford F-150 Versus Rivian R1T Electric Truck: Let’s Take A Look: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 31, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more