Exterus Technology for Business of Shelburne announced that Jay Pilcer was hired as Director of Sales, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). VoIP is the technology where regular voice calls are sent over a companies computer network instead of traditional phone lines. Mr. Pilcer comes to Exterus Technology for Business with over 25 years of experience in sales, business development and customer service. Prior to joining Exterus he spent the last 5 years responsible for the sale of mail room equipment to the business market throughout the state of Vermont. Previously, Mr. Pilcer spent 9 years in Washington, DC working in the Internet industry helping Fortune 100 companies like Kelloggs, National Geographic, M & M Mars and Mercedes Benz to develop and implement their first generation corporate web sites. Mr. Pilcer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Vermont.Come meet Jay at the 1st Annual Exterus Fall Expo 2007 on November 27 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont! Visit www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external) for more information on our products and services.
The women\’s hockey team celebrates its most recent national championship with Bucky at the Nicholas Johnson Pavilion.[/media-credit]After winning its third NCAA National Championship in four years, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was formally welcomed home by their fans and friends yesterday at the Nicholas Johnson Pavilion.The celebration yesterday afternoon was one of many. When the Badgers arrived home Sunday night from Boston, where they defeated No. 3 seed Mercyhurst in the finals of the NCAA Frozen Four, an escort of fire engines welcomed them back to campus.As the festivities continued yesterday, they were joined by Chancellor Biddy Martin and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, who offered their praise for the team.“Take advantage and absorb every second of it,” Alvarez said. “Because what you have accomplished is truly special and appreciated.”With their third victory in four years, the seniors of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team have become one of the most successful teams in Badger history. Over the course of their careers, they have an overall record of 135-16-13.“It’s not too many times you can tell people you were 3-for-4 in winning a national title throughout your career,” senior goaltender and assistant captain Jessie Vetter said. “But, in the future, when we come back for reunions and coming back as fans to watch Wisconsin hockey, it will definitely be pretty special to look up and see the banners you were a part of.”Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson agrees this senior class, who is rounded out by captain Erika Lawler, Kayla Hagen, Rachael Bible, Alycia Matthews and Angie Keseley, has had unprecedented success in their four years playing for the Badgers.“When the game ended [Sunday], it was just surreal,” Johnson said. “The moment was there, and you are national champions. It was more of a deep sigh of relaxation and a deep sigh about the senior class that has done things and created things, and won things that I don’t think anybody in their wildest dreams thought would happen.”While the team was anchored by a strong senior class, there were other several key players who were instrumental in the Badgers’ run at the national championship. Freshman Brooke Ammerman, who was named WCHA Rookie of the Week three times this season, scored the first goal of the championship game against Mercyhurst that put the Badgers up for good. Junior Meghan Duggan contributed in the game, scoring a goal in the second period, as well.“It is just a combo of every player on the team,” Vetter said. “You know, the freshmen contributed [and so did] the sophomores, juniors and seniors. I think everyone played a part in getting us to where we are. It wasn’t just one person or two, it was just everyone coming together and playing great.”Just as the collegiate season is ending for the Badgers, it is just heating up for Team USA. Johnson, who was chosen to be the head coach of the Team USA at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, will be heading to Lake Placid to begin formulating his team to make a run at the gold medal. With interim coaches in place, he is confident Wisconsin will be able to make a similar run as they did this year.“They have a strong freshman class coming in,” Johnson said. “Obviously, some of the pieces we have on this team that will be leaving and graduating will be tough to fill. But, that is going to happen in a normal year. You are not going to find another Jessie Vetter right away. Erika Lawler and Angie Keseley, I mean these players have put up big numbers and have done very well in four years.”
AMES — With spring flood damage approaching three-billion dollars in Iowa and Nebraska combined, concerns are growing that waterways will again rise beyond their banks with even moderate rainshowers.Iowa State University Extension agronomist Joel DeJong says the soil remains saturated across much of the state and spring planting will certainly be delayed for many growers. “We’ve got areas where the water seems to just not drain very well,” DeJong says. “Our soil moisture profile is just full right now so any rain we get this spring, a high percentage of it is going to run off, so we have that continued threat as we move forward. And as we get runoff from snowmelt up north, if the reports are accurate, I think we have continued threats.”Not only is the soil too water-logged to plant, but DeJong says there are many areas where the rich topsoil has been carried away by flooding. “The issue I have concerns about is soil erosion in areas where we had runoff, and secondly, the areas that had flooding. How long before we get dry enough to get back there?” DeJong says. “All acres are probably at risk of being a little late for planting this year but if you’re near a river where you got really saturated, it’s going to be a really long waiting game before we get a good shot at it.”Even if the waters have receded and the soil might soon be suitable for planting, DeJong says farmers are facing other obstacles, like all the trash, sand, rocks and trees deposited by the high water. “We’ve all seen the pictures of all the flooding and how wide those rivers have been and how long they’ve been there and it’s just amazing the power that comes with it and what it takes with it,” DeJong says. “Of course, the residue is all gone from those acres and then you’ve got stuff that’s deposited on top of it. I’m sure they’re going to have sand deposits and everything else you’ve got to clean up and level out.”DeJong advises producers not to get too concerned over the wet weather as conditions can change quickly. He says it’s a good idea to get everything ready to go for planting, so it can get done quickly when things do dry out.