first_img### Governor Jim Douglas and Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville today announced the appointment of Caroline S. Earle as Commissioner of Human Resources. Ms. Earle currently serves as Chief of the Civil Litigation Division in the Office of the Attorney General.?“We are very excited to have Caroline join the team,” said Governor Douglas. “She brings a strong intellect, tremendous energy and enormous capacity to this important role.? She is the right fit for the department at this critical time.”“Caroline is a proven leader with the ideal mix of experience, smarts and tenacity,” said Lunderville. “She will be integral to our efforts to build a strong workforce while addressing difficult budget challenges.”?“It has been a privilege to serve in the Attorney General’s Office working on a range of important and complex cases,” said Ms. Earle.? “I’m looking forward to working with Governor Douglas and his team on this new and exciting challenge.”“Our state workforce is one of our greatest assets,” continued Earle. “Despite the many budget challenges we face, we must explore ways to develop skills and training so that employees are not just working harder, but working smarter.”Earle will come to the Department of Human Resources after serving two years as Chief of the Civil Litigation Division.? Earle has practiced general civil litigation, including employment law, with the firms of Wilson & White, P.C. and Legus & Bisson, PLC.? Earle is a current member of the Board of Bar Examiners, and has served as past President of the Washington County Bar Association and on the Vermont Bar Association Bar Foundation.?Earle graduated from McGill University, B.A. First Class Honors, in 1990, and then earned a J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law in 1993.? She was a Notes Editor on the Indiana Law Journal.?Earle lives in Barre with her three children.? Her appointment will begin September 28, 2009.Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

first_imgI can say with pride that three of the 2012 NFL Hall-of-Fame “electees” Dermontti Dawson, Curtis Martin and Chris Doleman all have a Pittsburgh connection. I also happen to know them, personally. Oftentimes they gave me goose bumps watching them from high up in the press box. Imagine if I had been afforded the opportunity to observe them from the sidelines? I had the pleasure to cover the college and professional careers of both Martin and Doleman who played at the University of Pittsburgh.Let’s begin with Martin. Curtis Martin attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. He played “hoops” in his sophomore year but didn’t play sports in his junior year. He began to play football in his senior year, his senior year, despite having never cared much for the sport. He instantly stood out and became a star at running back and linebacker. He also played on special teams and even on a few occasions played quarterback. His play caught the eye of then University of Pittsburgh head coach and offensive guru Paul Hackett.I covered Martin when he played at Allderdice, Pitt, the New England Patriots and the New York Jets and in my opinion; for his size very few if any running backs could do what he could do. Speed, quickness and power are the first things that come to mind when I visualize “Curt” on the gridiron.Former NFL head coach Bill Parcells had this to say about Martin. “Curtis is one of the most inspirational players I have ever seen. I always judge players by their ability to inspire others. I’ve seen Curtis Martin inspire numerous players and coaches and I was fortunate to be among those he inspired. He’s one of the greatest players I have ever coached.” Hey boys’ and girls’ these were the comments of Bill Parcells not some members of Curtis Martin’s family.“He wasn’t the biggest guy, but he’s probably one of the more mentally tough guys that I’ve ever been around. He was a visual player. He could will himself to do things and I marveled at that. When Curtis Martin stepped on the field, you knew one thing—whatever he had in his heart or in his body he was going to give.” —former New York Jets head coach Herm EdwardsI can still hear legendary Pitt broadcaster Bill Hillgrove screaming; “sacked by Chris Doleman.” “The motor of Chris Doleman seems to always be running”—former NFL great and broadcaster Pat Summerall.Doleman played linebacker and defensive end for the Pitt from 1981 to 1984. He ended his career with 25 sacks. Doleman was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He began his NFL career as an outside linebacker in the Vikings 3-4 defense. However, the team switched to a 4-3 defense early in his career. That defensive playbook change benefitted Doleman who recorded 21 sacks during the 1989 season, the highest total recorded that season and the fourth highest total in the history of the NFL. 1981 was just two short years after I began my sports journalism career so it is fitting that I reminisce about Doleman. He was quick and relentless and like the finest bloodhound he could smell the quarterback, always. Doleman kept the Pitt tradition going mirroring the likes of Hugh Green and Ricky Jackson, two of the finest defensive line players in the history of the university. It is fitting that Jackson and Doleman have been ushered into the NFL Hall of Fame. Could former Pitt and Tampa Bay Buc’s star Hugh Green be next? Who Knows?Let’s get to offensive linemen. “He redefined the position. Looking schematically, when you start to design the center to pull after the snap, not many can do it. When you look at the numbers we had in the running game, everything we did worked from the inside out, and to have a guy like Dermontti and such stability, that was a staple of every offense we had.” —former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill CowherIn case you don’t know by now I am referring to the truly legendary Pittsburgh Steelers center Dermontti Dawson.Dawson played center and guard at Kentucky.He lettered in each of his four years. In his freshman year in 1984 the team defeated Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl. As a senior in 1987 Dawson was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference. Dawson was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft.He’s the first guy I ever saw as a center pull and lead sweeps. And they would lead Dermontti on what we called the ‘plus nose tackle,’ the guy who sat outside his shoulder with the play going to that side. His blocking assignment was to cut that guy out of that onside gap, almost impossible. But Dermontti could do it because of his quickness. You just don’t see that very often.”—Hall of Fame cornerback and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeauCongratulations to the “big three” there is a lot of love coming your way from Pittsburgh.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: or 412-583-6741.) Hey with the NFL Hall-of-Fame inductions, game and all of the other festivities that surround it fast approaching, one thing puzzles me. These are a group of athletes who were beyond superior, yet the event that honors their contribution is titled the “class” of 2012.Generally speaking school and or lights were usually out when opponents were forced to compete against these gentlemen.last_img read more