Demont & Associates, Inc. of Portland, Maine honored Walter G. Bruska of Burlington, for his half century of service in several top development posts including Cornell University and the University of Vermont where he hired and trained some of the most successful and notable development professionals in the country. He is currently an officer at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont and Vice President of the Board at Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.The presentation was made at the second annual conference, Pathways and People That Make The Lasting Difference in Philanthropy on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004 at The Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. Proceeds of the conference will go to the Demont Difference Fund. The Fund endorses the creative efforts by not-for-profit organizations seeking to increase their long-term capacity to raise private support and/or broaden their volunteer base through matching grants to small not-for-profit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont through the regional community foundations as well as pro-bono services.The inaugural Lasting Difference Awards were presented to three not-for-profit executives who have made a lasting impact on philanthropy in Northern New England. Along with Bruska, Peter C. Barnard of Scarborough, Maine and Terry D. Mayo of Amherst, New Hampshire were honored.Demont & Associates, Inc. is the New England region’s premier full-service fund-raising consulting firm providing comprehensive advancement and fund-raising counsel to not-for-profit institutions. The firms mission is to make a lasting difference for good by partnering with not-for-profit institutions to increase their voluntary giving. Founded in 1993, the firm is based in Portland, Maine. Robert D. Demont, CFRE, is President. For more information, please consult the web site at www.demontassociates.com(link is external).
Comments Published on February 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm Contact KJ: email@example.com | @KJEdelman Sam Swart couldn’t take it anymore. She had spent four years waiting to play Syracuse lacrosse, and 2017’s fall ball would be her first opportunity in Orange. But that was ripped away from her and the rest of SU. She couldn’t play lacrosse, swipe into team facilities and had limited contact with her teammates.So one day during the isolation, the freshman ran toward the back of Ensley Athletic Center. She hopped a fence to get on a multipurpose field. When Swart made it on the turf, she remembered thinking to herself: “I need to be on the field, it’s everything I live for.”Last season, the majority of Syracuse’s fall ball season was cancelled due to a mumps outbreak between the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. The Orange missed out on extra practices, tournaments and team bonding opportunities. Syracuse rushed into the 2018 season, and in result, it posted its first losing season in program history. Head coach Gary Gait said there was a correlation.After a “weird season” that began with mumps and ended with a 9-10 record, No. 11 Syracuse (1-0) went back to its normal schedule this fall. And its performance on Friday against Connecticut in the first eight minutes showed the importance of the early season prep it lacked last season.“Not having fall ball last year wasn’t the best,” junior Emily Hawryschuk said. “But now we have a feeling of how we work together. We have that mesh.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year’s team was met with a formal meeting and emails about a suspension of fall ball. They had to FaceTime their tutors instead of meeting with them in person. Swart and goalkeeper Hannah Van Middelem got a gym membership at Planet Fitness to stay active, keeping a “pact” with each other to stay ready for their eventual debut.Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorIn the beginning of January, SU traveled to Florida to train after receiving a NCAA waiver that allowed them to begin practice two weeks early. At times, Syracuse’s early games felt like the beginning of fall ball, Gait said. It opened its season down two goals in the first half against a less superior opponent in Connecticut and struggled until the second half started.In close games, the Orange didn’t have the “mesh” to finish. It went 2-5 in one-goal games and dropped three of four overtime contests. “We were definitely not playing our best lacrosse,” Gait said.“When every other team in the country has fall, it’s weird for us,” Hawryschuk said on Jan. 22. “It’s weird going together the first couple of weeks in the fall then just having it taken away from us.”In the 2018 preseason, sophomores like Swart and Molly Carter were experiencing the fall action for the first time. The focus was on basics, getting rid of “sloppy play,” Gait said. The team wanted to cover simple things like draw control and clears while Gait struggled to teach his team how to finish.“It’s the building blocks of your season,” senior defender Alexa Radziewicz said. “Just having that extra time as a team. On the bus, traveling, getting to understand them on field.”On Friday, Syracuse remembered the way it started against UConn the season before. Gait called it a reflection of its season as a whole. The 2019 season-opener would be different.SU’s midfielders swarmed UConn high, and when they were beat, enough defenders dropped to stifle the Huskies’ attack. Offensively, midfielders spaced around the net and gave each other room to operate. They made easy passes, resulting in higher percentage chances.Its eight-goal outburst in eight minutes, which topped UConn’s offensive production all game (6), was a realization for what Syracuse could become, Gait said, with ample time and preparation this time around.“We actually had a chance to look at each other and see what we could do,” Hawryschuk said. “It’s refreshing.” Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Photo: Tipp FM / Stephen Gleeson The structure of the 2018 club championship in Tipperary will be determined at the November meeting of the County Board.The executive are inviting clubs to propose potential formats for the championships in both codes before November 17th.The County Board, last evening, hosted a ‘Club Forum’ which gave players and clubs a chance to have their say in the future of Gaelic games in the county. Former Tipp hurler Paddy Stapleton was one of those who spoke at the event and he outlined to Tipp FM Sport what he thinks players are looking for. read more
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I take that as a positive,” Scott said. “When one guy messes up, one of the best things they can do is police each other.” Summer sessionRookie center Tarik Black provides every dunk, rebound and block with ferocious strength, his 6-foot-11, 257-pound frame imposing bodily harm everywhere. “I don’t understand how strong I really am,” said Black, who has posted two double-doubles since starting the last six games. “I know I move guys. But I don’t feel like I’m the strongest guy.”Scott likened Black’s strength and work ethic to Denver forward Kenneth Faried. But Scott believes Black will become a “hell of a basketball player” if he develops a 15-foot jump shot and post game. Only two months into his starting point guard role, Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson has experienced significant growth that had nothing to do with scoring or passing. Clarkson provided a testy exchange with forward Jordan Hill in the waning minutes of the Lakers’ loss on Thursday to Utah. It all happened after Hill’s slow reaction to a defensive rotation gave Trey Burke an open layup for a 74-71 lead with 2:30 remaining. Clarkson believes he must continue holding teammates accountable when the Lakers (17-50) host the Philadelphia 76ers (16-52) on Sunday at Staples Center. “It’s my job being a point guard to be vocal and put people in their places,” Clarkson said. “I kind of got mad at J-Hill because we weren’t communicating.”Lakers coach Byron Scott said he liked “the rookie is more assertive.” Scott also added, “Jordan Hill wasn’t up on the pick like he should have been.” “I don’t think you work on those things during the season,” Scott said. “You work on them, but you don’t put it into play. I don’t think Tarik right now is comfortable doing those things.”The Lakers plan to feature Black on their Las Vegas Summer League team and appear likely to exercise their team option on him. But Black downplayed that he feels uncomfortable expanding his game after spending recent practices working on his shooting and post moves. “I can apply it right now,” Black said. “But I don’t want to all of a sudden change my game and start doing different things and then it changes the flow of the game and then it changes the way the team functions.”This and thatAfter completing stationary shooting drills on Friday, Lakers guard Jeremy Lin believes he will feel “100 percent” to complete all of Saturday’s practice and to play in Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. Lin played in Thursday’s loss to Utah nursing back spasms.Lakers guard Jabari Brown said he will sign his second 10-day contract on Saturday. His first contract expired Thursday evening, but the Lakers waited one day so Brown can play in the Lakers’ entire five-game trip next week. Brown was at the Lakers’ facility on Friday, but he could not practice since he was not under contract. Scott promised to shorten Friday’s practice to just a half hour of shooting drills if any player made a half-court short. The unexpected winner: Ronnie Price shot left-handed while staying sidelined because of surgically repaired right elbow. read more
We’ll see.The faithful will, no doubt, still sing: ‘’He’s magic, you know……Mauricio Pochettino.’’Sadly, for me the magic has faded and we need someone new to wave their wand.Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, says Amazon documentary was a ‘club decision’ POCH out!……. There. I’ve said it.I won’t be the most popular person at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but I can’t keep it in any longer.5 Pressure is growing on Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham following another poor displayCredit: AFP or licensorsMauricio Pochettino is clearly a good manager.He’s moved Spurs up from being a team fighting to get into the top four, to a team finishing in the top four (although, the way they’re playing at the moment, that run could be coming to an end).But I don’t think he can take us any further – and it doesn’t look like he wants to.The 1-1 draw against Watford has left Spurs five points behind Chelsea in fourth, and the Hornets were unlucky not to get the win on Saturday.I’m entitled to my opinion. I’ve been a fan since I was a nipper and been a season ticket holder for around 30 years.I’m sick to the back teeth of seeing endless sideways and backwards passes.Keeping hold of the ball is a waste of time if you don’t hurt the opposition when you’ve got it. And Spurs rarely hurt the opposition these days.Why, oh why, can’t they ever break down supposedly inferior sides?That’s Pochettino’s fault. He tells the players how he wants them to play.5 Dele Alli rescued a point for Spurs on the weekend as equalised late on against WatfordCredit: Reuters5 Tottenham are currently five points off the top four after nine games playedCredit: ReutersFunnily enough, Liverpool and Manchester City do quite well moving the ball forward quickly.Talking of top teams, they win things.But if you want to win things, you need to put out the strongest team you can in the domestic cups, a concept Pochettino doesn’t seem to understand.He ‘rests’ Harry Kane for Colchester in the League Cup….and the chance of another trophy bites the dust.Fans want to see their club win trophies. That’s what they remember and tell their grandchildren.The run to the Champions League Final was great but why couldn’t Pochettino lift the team for that match, the biggest game in the club’s history?He dropped Lucas Moura, the bloke who got us there, and didn’t have a Plan B when Liverpool got a penalty after 22 seconds.OK, it’s not his fault that there are a number of players who don’t want to be at the club.5 Spurs have won just once out of their last seven games in all competitionsCredit: ReutersSpurs chief Daniel Levy makes shock admission Mauricio Pochettino has players he doesn’t wantBut it is his fault if he keeps playing the ones who have just given up.Christian Eriksen is convinced he’s now good enough for Real Madrid.Dream on, mate. Zinedine Zidane probably wants players who give a toss, put in a shift, and can actually pass to their own teammates more often than not, instead of giving the ball away.Freeze him out. Put him the reserves.Kieran Trippier, deemed good enough to represent his country against Bulgaria on Monday night, left Tottenham and Pochettino didn’t get in a replacement.Does he seriously think Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier or Kyle Walker-Peters are up to filling Trippier’s boots? Don’t make me laugh.Surprise, surprise, the lack of a top right back has been one of the reasons contributing to the disastrous start to the season.And I simply don’t buy Pochettino’s line that he’s no longer involved in transfers and should be called ‘coach’ not ‘manager’.5 Tottenham face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, before heading to Goodison Park the following weekCredit: PA:Press Association The players appear to have lost faith in him. They’re certainly not performing for him.He now looks and sounds like a manager who’d rather be somewhere else (presumably, in sunny Madrid or the red half of rainy Manchester).On the touchline, he appears out of ideas, just standing there, dazed look on his face, with his arms folded as the games pass him by.After matches, one baffling statement follows another.Saying he’d have left if we’d won the Champions League, cryptic talk of ‘’different agendas’’ behind the scenes, and other gibberish.Sorry fellow Spurs fans, Pochettino has done a fine job, and we’ve progressed.But it’s time for a change after five-and-a-half years, a reboot, something and someone to reinvigorate the team and try to take them to the next level.Who can do that? Mourinho? Not after what he did to United. Allegri? Who knows.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer read more
Amid questions about their direction, the Lakers hope one answer might come in a highway-robbery deal before Thursday’s trade deadline. They have expressed interest in All-Star guard Jason Kidd, who is owed $41 million the next two seasons. With those financial considerations in mind, the New Jersey Nets are considering trading Kidd to the Lakers in a package that would not include either center Andrew Bynum or forward Lamar Odom, the two most valuable assets after Kobe Bryant. “We’ve looked to make deals over the last few years close to the trading deadline,” Jackson said Tuesday, “and they’ve all been really key players that we thought would make a difference. “We just didn’t want to do a lateral move or something like that. “That’s one of the reasons why we think if you do something, do it right. Do it big.” No Phil Jackson-coached team ever has lost six straight games, although that will be no comfort as the Lakers play host to Portland tonight at Staples Center. They have dropped their past four games in the closing minutes, almost finding new ways to lose. Although the Lakers have victories over the Western Conference’s top five teams, they have gone just 16-18 after opening the season with 15 of their first 20games at home. They now would have to go 20-8 to finish with 50 wins. EL SEGUNDO – As the Lakers reconvened Tuesday following the All-Star break, they could find the seventh-place Denver Nuggets closer in their rear-view mirror than the fifth-place Houston Rockets ahead on the road. Whether the Lakers are stuck in reverse or merely stalled out thanks to a combination of injuries and a difficult schedule, they will start the second half of the season having lost five consecutive games and 11 of their past 15. The Lakers would have to take into account the luxury-tax implications of adding Kidd, as well as the difficulty in bringing a player up to speed midseason in the triangle offense. Even so, Jackson’s patience might have run out after Thursday’s 114-108 loss to Cleveland, a game in which the Lakers led with 3:23 left, only to watch the Cavaliers finish the game by making five consecutive trips to the foul line. Asked if he felt the Lakers had to make a move, Jackson answered: “After Thursday’s loss, I was very disappointed in our team. I thought our chemistry was not good. I told you guys … that I saw defeat in some faces in a ballgame that was close. “It was right down to the wire all the way through, and we’ve had four games like that out of our five losses that have been right on the nub and we haven’t been able to produce.” Bryant called Kidd “one of the top point guards in the history of the NBA” and suggested the two wouldn’t have a problem co-existing: “If a name like Jason Kidd comes across the table, you have to look at it.” The Nets, who have slipped to 25-29 and two games out of the Eastern Conference’s top eight, would have to be open to a package probably built around Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmar as well as several expiring contracts and draft picks. In the meantime, the Lakers will move forward after the latest in a never-ending cycle of injuries. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic slipped on ice in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, and separated his right shoulder and will be out eight weeks. The Lakers already have lost key players for nearly 120games this season because of injury. They are hopeful Luke Walton – who has missed 11 games with a sprained ankle – can return in the next week and Brown will follow sooner than expected. Bryant had no doubt the injuries to Brown and Walton caught up to the Lakers at the same time the schedule turned nasty with an eight-game trip. “We had chemistry because we had guys that had been together for a while, been in this offense for a while,” Bryant said. “That’s why we were able to be extremely successful. … Now you take three pieces out of the offense that had been together for a full season and understand how we operate as a unit. “When those pieces go down, now you’re bringing in new pieces that are still trying to learn the offense and at the same time learn one another’s tendencies, so it gets a little more challenging.” The third piece Bryant was referring to was Odom, who has not been the same, attacking player after missing 21 games with a sprained knee ligament. Odom is averaging 15.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists but the Lakers are just 3-9 since his return. Jackson noted that the Lakers recently have been a poor shooting team – making just 41.1percent of their shots and launching an average of 233-pointers during the five-game skid – but said defense has to be the priority coming back from the break. The Lakers are giving up 102.2 points on 46 percent shooting for the season and have been outscored in the paint in their past six games. Jackson criticized his guards for giving up penetration too easily, leading to fouls against Bynum. The danger is that the Lakers already have played their way into the sixth seed – they trail Houston by four games and lead Denver by 3 – and likely would face a first-round playoff series against either San Antonio or Utah. “It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what it is,” Walton said. “But hopefully with a few days off that we had and getting refocused, we’ll be able to come back and have a solid end of the season.” They always could turn to Bryant to shoulder the load, as the superstar guard did last season in averaging 35.4 points to buy his teammates time to learn the triangle. But Bryant said Tuesday he hoped to avoid that situation. “I think guys are starting to figure things out a little bit,” Bryant said. “Having injuries hurt us a lot. “I’m sure there’ll be a couple games here and there where I have to take over, but I don’t think it will be something that’ll be a consistent theme for us.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more