-30- Vermont Life magazine, the state publication that explores Vermont’s dynamic culture, has won three awards from an international association of regional publications. The magazine won a Silver medal in the Historic Feature category; a Bronze medal in the Most Improved Magazine category; and an Award of Merit in the General Feature category at the International Regional Magazine Association’s annual conference earlier this week in New Mexico.“These awards really reflect on the dedication and hard work of the staff,” said Vermont Life Managing Editor Mary Hegarty Nowlan. “They have done a tremendous job in moving the publication forward, and the fact that we have been honored in the Most Improved category two years in a row shows that the changes we are making have been recognized by our peers.”The Historic Feature award was for Enosburg Falls resident Leif Tillotson’s essay, “Earl’s Barn,” which chronicled the life lessons he learned growing up in the barn and how its recent destruction in a lightning-sparked fire affected him.The essay won the 2008 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize awarded annually by Vermont Life and Green Mountain Power.Leslie Wright’s “Killington at a Crossroads” General Feature award winner detailed the changes at the venerable ski area as it turns 50 and moves in a new direction.“These two stories really exemplify how Vermont Life is staying true to its historical roots while expanding its vision to include contemporary topics like outdoor recreation, food, and not just living in but making a living in Vermont,” Nowlan said.Founded in 1946, Vermont Life is published quarterly and is considered one of the nation’s premier regional magazines. It has won over 95 national and international magazine awards since 1990.Vermont Life’s mission is to create an engaging online presence and publish a premier-quality magazine filled with the best writing, illustration, art and photography Vermont has to offer. For more information please visit www.VermontLife.com(link is external) or http://regionalmagazines.org(link is external)Source: Vermont Commerce Agency.
LOS ANGELES >> The development appears perfectly tailor-made as a Hollywood comeback story, let alone something to feature on one of the Kardashian reality television shows. After going in and out of rehab more than a year after facing a near-death experience at a Las Vegas brothel, former Lakers forward Lamar Odom reached out to Lakers coach Luke Walton to express interest about joining his staff. “Lamar would be great,” said Walton, who played with Odom on the Lakers from 2004 to 2011 and won two NBA championships together. “Anyone that knows Lamar, when he’s right, is one of the most likeable people they’ve been around. I think he has a great knowledge of the game and has a great way of communicating with people.”At this point, though, the possibility does not seem realistic. The Lakers are mindful of Odom’s continuous recovery. Odom was hospitalized in October of 2015 for falling unconscious at a Nevada brothel, an incident that few around Odom expected he would overcome. Within a week, Odom started physical therapy and was transferred to a Los Angeles hospital. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Although Walton has “talked many times over the last year” with Odom, they have not discussed anything recently. There also have not been any conversations with the Lakers on creating an additional position for Walton’s coaching staff formally or informally. Walton currently has an associate head coach (Brian Shaw), four assistants (Jesse Mermuys, Brian Keefe, Mark Madsen, Theo Robertson), an advanced professional scout (Casey Owens) and director of basketball strategy (Clay Moser). Nonetheless, Lakers forward Metta World Peace considered Odom’s presence as valuable because of his positional versatility, team mindset and considerate nature. “Lamar is super skilled,” World Peace said. “I would love to know what did he do to get so good.”Injury update Lakers reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. told Walton he “felt really good” after completing a series of non-contact 2-on-1 drills and shooting exercises before Tuesday’s game against Portland at Staples Center. Still, Walton added Nance “wasn’t explosive” in the drills before expressing doubt he could begin practicing today. Walton predicted Nance’s return to the lineup “will be a gradual thing.”Nance is slated to return as early as Jan. 22 in Dallas, but he expressed optimism earlier this week he could beat that timetable. Talking about practiceAllen Iverson may not have needed it. But Walton has found the last two weeks of practices valuable simply because they have had more. The Lakers have had five home games in the past two weeks, allowing Walton to go over defensive concepts with as much depth as he did in training camp. In related news, Walton has noticed that practice time connected to the Lakers entering Tuesday’s game as winners of three of their past four contests. “We’re having fun,” Walton said. “No one is complaining about shots. No one is complaining about not getting the ball or being part of the offense. That energizes people. That leads us to playing better defense. That leads us to the bench to being more excited.”
U.S. soccer stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are engaged, the duo announced through People on Wednesday.Krieger, who is a defender for the Orlando Pride, and Harris, who is the team’s goalkeeper, both said the chemistry between them was apparent to others, although they kept their relationship under wraps so they didn’t become a distraction within the team. “It was a really good time because I felt really on the same page with her, and really excited about our future and talking about our future plans with kids, and family, and things like that,” Krieger said. “It just was a really good time. I was really surprised because it just seemed like another weekend getaway for us. I wasn’t really thinking about it at all.”Harris added: “It was just us and this beautiful scenery, and I was just like … she was making me laugh, she wanted me to take pictures, and here I am. This is what I’m gonna be doing the rest of my life. It just all froze and I was like, ‘This is it.’“Harris is in the middle of training for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer, but the duo plan to get married at the end of the year. However, it wasn’t until their engagement announcement that they confirmed they were a couple.“We became really close friends, and we just hung out, we clicked, and we had so much in common,” Harris said. “We always sat next to each other on the bus and on flights, and we kind of just talked about our dreams and our hopes and what we wanted to do one day when we grew up. Because at the time, we were kids.”“The rest has kind of been history,” she continued. “Here we are nine years later, and we’re going to be getting married this year.”It was Harris who popped the question on Sept. 15 as the pair had a picnic in Clearwater, Fla., which Krieger said was a complete surprise. USWNT reveals 2019 World Cup kits “We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our job and it wasn’t just because we were together, it was because we love what we do, and we’re really good at what we do,” Krieger said. “And that was most important for us.”Both women said the spark between them began in 2010, when they were on the U.S. Women’s National Team together. Related News