MEDIA RELEASEAugust 3, 2005Contacts:VELCODavid Mace, Process Owner, External CommunicationsPhone: (802) 770-6367Pager: (802) 742-3250Vermont Department of LaborScott Meyer, Program Manager Project WorkSAFE1-888-SAFE-YES (1-888-723-3937)VELCO applauded for workplace safety and health effortsFor Immediate Release: Aug. 3, 2005RUTLAND, Vt. Vermonts electric transmission utility has become the fourth Vermont company to be federally recognized for its safety efforts, the Vermont Department of Labor announced Wednesday.The Vermont Electric Power Co., Inc., also known as VELCO, formally joined the federal Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) during a ceremony at the companys Rutland headquarters.This certification is indeed an honor, and Im very proud of the VELCO team for their work in helping achieve the SHARP designation, said VELCO president and chief executive officer John Donleavy. In my 25-plus years in the electric utility industry, I have made a commitment to putting safety first one of my personal priorities. No team is successful no matter what business results are achieved if anyone gets injured.The formal letter of certification was presented by Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Pat McDonald.Acceptance into SHARP is an achievement of status that recognizes VELCO as a model employer for worksite safety and health, McDonald said. VELCO is the fourth Vermont employer to receive such an award. We hope that with the example VELCO and the other three employers are setting, we will be able to welcome more Vermont companies into SHARP SHARP is after all about recognizing the importance and benefits of workplace safety and health.The accreditation marks the end of a rigorous 15-month collaboration with Project WorkSAFE, Vermonts Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program.We applaud the employees and management of VELCO in this accomplishment. We must realize that their staff works in all types of weather in a variety of harsh environments and at fixed locations in an inherently dangerous occupation, said Scott Meyer, Director of Project WorkSAFE. To be conducting this type of work while maintaining a safe workplace speaks very well to the caliber and commitment of staff at VELCO. They have a lot to be proud of and we hope that other Vermont employers will follow in their lead.Donleavy said that as part of the companys strategic plan it had implemented new safety programs aimed not only at field workers but also at its office personnel, and promoting safety and health at home as well.As we move forward with constructing our infrastructure improvement projects, VELCO wants its associates to be as successful and productive as they can be, and that means enabling them to work safely and remain healthy wherever they are, he said. Its not just good for business. Its the right thing to do.The SHARP program is a nationally recognized program implemented by states under Federal OSHA. The SHARP program recognizes small, high-hazard businesses with exemplary safety and health programs.Upon receiving SHARP certification, the workplace will be exempt from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid. Currently there are 777 firms in the United States and 36 in New England with the SHARP certification.Ryegate Associates, a wood-fired electric generating facility was the first Vermont SHARP company; the second was DEW Construction, and the third Green Mountain Powers Western Division.For further information about the SHARP program or Project WorkSAFE, please visit the Department of Labor and Industry website: www.state.vt.us/labind(link is external).Founded in 1956, VELCO is the Vermont Electric Power Co., Inc., the Rutland-based company that builds, owns, maintains and operates the states high-voltage electric transmission system. That system consists of some 600 miles of power lines ranging from 115,000 volts to 450,000 volts and 25 substations, as well as other equipment and a sophisticated fiber optic monitoring and control system.The company does not own any generating plants or the distribution lines that bring power to individual homes and businesses. VELCO is a private company owned by the states retail utilities, investor-owned, municipal and cooperative. It employs almost 100 people.###
Coming off a disappointing effort in Wednesday morning’s early-a.m. practice, the University of Wisconsin football team bounced back with a solid weekend of practice.Wednesday’s full-pads practice included several scuffles between players and the general enthusiasm seemed lacking. But the Badgers came back with a cleaner, more physical session on Friday, despite donning just helmets and shorts.On Saturday afternoon, the team was rewarded with its second outdoor practice of the spring session, donning full gear and getting to scrimmage for the last hour or so of the workout.The weekend was not quarterback John Stocco’s best, as the senior was up and down, still trying to get in sync with his new receiving corps. In Friday’s workout, Stocco seemed to be especially out of rhythm, throwing interceptions to defensive back Shane Carter, who continues to have an outstanding spring, and linebacker Jonathan Casillas. Stocco also badly overthrew a fade route before taking five to re-tape his right ankle, after which he improved. Saturday was more of the same, as Stocco threw three more interceptions. Safety Roderick Rogers was the recipient of two of the INTs, while sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu picked up a horrendous prayer that Stocco threw up in the direction of wide receiver Paul Hubbard.”I think as we look on the film … there’s also a little bit to do with [Stocco] getting used to where those routes are actually being run and getting used to the receivers so they’re consistent,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “That was one of the things that really jumped out early on when [offensive coordinator] Paul [Chryst] came here was to get the No. 1 receivers working with the No. 1 quarterback as much as they can so that they can get the timing.”Stocco did have some shining moments, connecting on a 30-yard bomb with a diving Marcus Randle El.The defense again dominated the scrimmage, with the defensive backs looking particularly impressive, knocking down many passes and grabbing four interceptions.”I saw that today especially out of [sophomore Allen] Langford,” Bielema said of the defense’s level of anticipation in practice. “I like the way those guys react to the football.”Mark Zalewski had an outstanding practice, prompting one reporter to remark that he already looks like the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Bielema also praised Zalewski’s play, while adding that it is likely that linebacker Elijah Hodge will begin seeing more and more time at middle linebacker, as he is groomed to be the backup at that position.”Zalewski’s a pretty good football player. I don’t know how much we’ll need to scrimmage him all the time, so that will give Hodge more and more reps,” Bielema said. “[Hodge] is a guy that instinctively is a guy that you want at the ‘mike’ position. I feel better at that position because now you feel like you have a quality two-deep.”Running back Dywon Rowan also had another solid day, breaking several runs for 10-plus yards and exhibiting a nasty stiff-arm, as the senior continued to build upon a good spring.
Schwing! pic.twitter.com/vSRjkiPfLz— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 4, 2019Yu Darvish picked up the win, allowing only one run and striking out eight through five innings of work. Chicago pitchers ended up with 15 strikeouts, the most by the team in a nine-inning game this season. Adrian Houser was tagged with the loss.Studs of the NightIndians right-hander Shane Bieber threw a complete game, giving up two runs and striking out eight in a 6-2 win over the Angels.Stud? More like Rangers’ hero. Willie Calhoun hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the seventh inning to push Texas past Detroit, 9-4.Kyle Freeland is seemingly back on track after he earned his first win in almost four months as the Rockies topped the Giants 6-2. Duds of the NightThe Royals laid a goose egg against the Twins. In Kansas City’s 3-0 loss, the team was only able to put together two hits.Joe Musgrove had a rough outing against the Mets. The Pirates righty was handed the loss after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. Gerrit Cole ‘flattered’ by John Smoltz saying Astros rotation better than ’90s Braves: We have a ways to go The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Brewers with a 7-2 win Sunday.They now have a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Cardinals in the National League Central and lead the third-place Brewers by four games. Robinson Cano injury update: Mets put second baseman on IL with torn hamstring Jason Heyward, who settled into the leadoff position in the first game against Milwaukee, continued his hot hitting. The right fielder hit his second leadoff home run of the series to tie the game after one frame.J-Hey’s feeling the leadoff spot!#EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/P0CDH4AOLa— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 4, 2019But Heyward didn’t stop there. He hit an RBI triple in the second and brought in another run in the sixth inning on a ground out. Kyle Schwarber added a home run and Anthony Rizzo had four hits. Related News Astros’ Justin Verlander makes insane MLB history with 200th strikeout this season HighlightsKetel Marte with a great slide to finish off an inside-the-park home run for Diamondbacks.INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN FOR KETEL MARTE :scream: pic.twitter.com/KFBpBLnStZ— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) August 4, 2019Max Muncy walks it off for the Dodgers.Max Muncy walks it off for LA, as they beat the Padres! #LosAngeles #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/YIxzRcr7Cp— The Life of Baseball (@LifeofBaseb) August 5, 2019What’s Next?Cardinals (58-52) at Dodgers (74-40), 10:10 p.m. ET — After winning nine of 10 last month, the Cardinals have dropped five of seven and are losing ground to the first-place Cubs. Things don’t get any easier Monday as the Cards begin a series with the Dodgers, who boast the best record in the NL. St. Louis will start Michael Wacha (6-4, 5.15 ERA) in the opener. Los Angeles will counter with Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 5.63).