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first_imgGlove up before clearing brush, cleaning out the garage or pulling logs off the woodpile this winter. A brown widow spider or her more commonly known sister, the black widow, may be hiding in the shadows.The brown widow’s camouflage – an orange hourglass on a brown body – makes her hard to see. That’s good for her but bad for the person who sticks a hand too close to her web. Avoids peopleThe brown widow usually tries to stay away from people, said Whitney Boozer, an entomology graduate student with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“If they’re disturbed, they drop off the web, curl up in a ball or retreat,” Boozer said.They can’t retreat when they’re pressed up against someone’s skin, though. A brown widow gets in this situation when someone wraps a hand around her while she’s holed up some place.Wear long sleeves and glovesGloves and long sleeves will protect you “if you’re working in areas where brown widow spiders are commonly found,” Boozer said. Outside, brown widows prefer woodpiles, tires, empty containers and eaves. Indoors, the spider prefers protected places like under furniture and in shoes. Shake clothes and check shoes before putting them on if they are left outside or in a garage.Bites by brown widows cause severe reactions in 5 percent of people who are bitten. The young and old are especially vulnerable. With medical intervention, bites are almost never fatal. The only scientific data collected on deaths attributed to widow spiders was taken between 1950 and 1959. During that time, 63 people died from the spiders’ bites, said Nancy Hinkle, a CAES entomologist.Indoor plumbing lowered bite numbers“Doubtless those numbers are much lower now that we have indoor plumbing because most widow bites occurred in privies,” she said.According to Boozer, the brown widow’s venom is more toxic than that of her black cousin, but she injects less venom when she bites.“In my whole life, I have known only one person bitten by a widow spider, and actually I didn’t know him, he just called my office,” Hinkle said. “On the other hand, I have personally known three people who were struck by lightning.”She estimates that there are fewer than seven people killed each year by widow spiders. More than 1,000 people each year are struck by lightning. A bad reputation“So your chance of being killed by a widow spider bite — even without treatment — is over 100 times less than your chance of being struck by lightning,” Hinkle said.Despite the odds, brown widows still aren’t spiders most people want wandering around in their homes. If you do see one, don’t panic. Boozer suggests taking it outside or vacuuming it up.“Even outside, you’re allowed to kill widow spiders,” Hinkle said, who usually cringes when the conversation turns to smashing spiders.Crush the egg sack, too, Boozer said. A brown widow’s egg sack is sphere shaped with spindly spikes of webbing sticking up all over it.If desperation leads to a chemical attack, it’s best to spray spiders directly, Boozer said. Spraying a home’s perimeter may prevent spiders from entering it, but it won’t kill the ones already there. Brown widow spiders avoid places that have been sprayed.last_img read more

Schedule of events announced for Exposition

first_imgHere’s a look ahead at some of the events coming to the Champlain Valley Exposition in 2006 and 2007. For more details, visit www.cvfair.com(link is external)Exposition Schedule of EventsSept. 16, Vermont Grocers Association Expo, Opening Ceremony 10:45 a.m., Open 11 a.m. 4 p.m.Sept. 16, Snow, Skate & Lifestyle Show, Admission: Adult $5; Senior $4 65 & Over; children 6 and under free9 am to 10 pmSept. 16, POW/MIA Day, Ray Cota — 879-7301 or Jim GometzSept. 16 & 17, Whole Health Expo, Body, Mind & Spirit, Hours: Saturday 9:30 – 7pm, Sunday 9:30 6 pm, Admission:$12 for both days, $2 Discount coupon from newspaper or ad availableSeptember 22-24,NSRA Northeast Street Rod Nationals, Friday: 8:30 5:30; Saturday: 8:30 5:30; Sunday: 8:30 3:00 pm. Admission: Adults — $12; 6-12 — $3; Five under FreeSept. 30 Oct. 5,Newmar Kountry Klub International RV Rally. Contact: Barney Barnett — 574-773-7791October 7-8, Champlain Valley Antiques Festival,Hours: Sat. 10 5, Sun. 10 4 (no preview. Admission: $8 adults, 12 and under free. October 8, Shriners Bingo, Noon. October 9-14, Allegro Club Rally, Contact: Verbon Jones 256 356-8522.October 14, 10th Annual Blues Live Model Horse Show Guys Farm & Yard, 802 878-5112October 14-15,Smugglers Notch Ski Club Ski & Board SaleContact: Beth Kohler 802 654-5093October 18-19, Educators Exposition. Laurie Huse — 800-281-4430.October 27-29, 26th Annual Fall Craft and Fine Arts ShowHours: Fri: 10-8; Sat: 9-6; Sun:10-5. Admission: Adults $7; Seniors $6; Children under 12 $2Nov. 1-May 2007, Nordic Spirit Indoor Soccer. Contact Jim Goudie, 288-9577.November 3-5, Green Mountain Alpaca Fall Spectacular, Contact: Dan Nash 802 766-2105.November 5, Shriners Bingo, Noon.November 15 & 16, UVM Tax School.November 17, Taste of Home Cooking School, Doors open at 3 p.m., Show starts 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10November 18, 1964 The Tribute, 802 652-0085, 3 and 8 pm.November 29, Essex Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner, Contact: Dan Tylenda 802 879-7012December 1-3, Vermont International Festival, Contact: April Warner 802 863-6713December 8-10, Baked Bead Jewelry Sale,Fri & Sat 10 am 5 pm, Sun 10 am 4 pm.December 10, Shriners Bingo,Noon.|Plan ahead for 2007 events at the Exposition:(Additional information will be provided closer to event)January 12-14, VT Log Home ShowJanuary 12-14, VT Manufactured Home ShowJanuary 19-21, ankee Sportsmen ClassicJanuary 25, LCRCC Silent AuctionJanuary 27 & 28, Rock Maple RacesFebruary 16-17, Vermont Boat ShowMarch 2 – 4, Spring RV ShowMarch 9-11, Vermont Flower ShowApril 20-22, Vermont Home ShowApril 28-29, Everything EquineMay 4-6, Spring Fine Arts & Craft ShowJune 1-3, Vermont Balloon and Music FestivalJuly 8, WOKO Country Club Music FestivalJuly 13-15, Vermont Cluster Dog ShowAugust 4-5, 4-Wheel Drive JamboreeAugust 25-Sept 3, 86th Champlain Valley Fair.To schedule an event at the Exposition, please contact Special Events Director Tom Oddy at toddy@cvfair.com(link sends e-mail) or call (802) 878-5545. Champlain Valley Exposition is a non-profit organization located at 105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452.last_img read more

Harmony Vineyards: Perfect Ensemble of Beauty, Wine & Brunch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Add Harmony Vineyards to your GPS, for a number of reasons. Whether you’re seeking a high-quality venue to enjoy some outstanding local wine, impress and entertain out-of-town guests, or provide the perfect setting for a romantic date, this is it. Located about 10 minutes from the Smithtown/St. James area, Harmony offers visitors the opportunity to experience an extraordinary Long Island winery without traveling all the way out to the North Fork. Besides exceptional wines—Chablis-style Chardonnays and Bordeaux-style red blends—this centrally based vineyard also offers local craft brews, a robust small plates menu, weekly live jazz performances year-round, and an impressive buffet-style Sunday brunch in a 326-year-old mansion and tasting room with spectacular views of the harbor. Most unique is that Harmony Vineyards donates all of its net profits to support local charities focused on eradicating hunger and providing education, including Island Harvest, City Harvest, the Stony Brook Foundation and the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children. Related: Long Island Wineries & Vineyards GuideDuring warmer months, diners and wine aficionados can sit outside on a patio with stunning views of the vineyard and water, and even watch their favorite films beneath the stars during regularly scheduled “Movie Nights.”We sat outside recently for Harmony’s popular $49.95 Gourmet Waterfront Buffet brunch, taking in the fresh air and enjoying the tranquil and peaceful vibe. What a wonderful way to start the day!The food, prepared by Farm to Table Catering by Filomena (Lombardi), is top-notch, and this special meal began with a bottomless Mimosa, made with freshly squeezed orange juice. Walking past the elaborate spread set up in Harmony’s circa-1690 Tasting Room, we decided to divide the meal into three trips.The first round was for breakfast. There was an assortment of homemade quiches, an omelet station with a variety of ingredients to personalize your eggs and fruit parfaits—all made with fresh Greek yogurt and homemade granola. My personal favorite was the Pancake Tower (and it truly was a tower), consisting of layers upon layers of fluffy from-scratch pancakes filled with organic jam and sliced and served like cake. This was absolutely worth the price of brunch on its own. Yum! The coffee, even before adding milk, was almost creamy it was so good.The next trip was for savory fare that included Eggplant Rollatini, Dijon-Encrusted Salmon, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Organic Kale and field green salad. Everything was flawlessly prepared.Related: Long Island Craft Beer GuideThe last trip was for dessert, which included mini-mason jars of homemade Strawberry Shortcake and S’mores, black bean brownies and cinnamon muffins. Delicious.One last cup of perfectly brewed coffee was sipped while enjoying the view. Then, a walk on the grounds past the grapevines to the water was a must. It was just too beautiful to miss!Harmony Vineyards states on their website that they are in harmony with nature, humanity and charity. Their generous donations to local charities are testament to this.The Harmony Tasting Room is open year round. Check out the Tasting Notes Jazz Club every Saturday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. with live music, fine wine and small plates to enjoy.This is the perfect venue for an intimate date night that is even more appealing because of its great location.After we left the winery and drove down the winding road back to Route 25A, an old Elton John song began playing on the radio:Harmony and me /We’re pretty good company /Looking for an island /In our boat upon the sea /Harmony, gee I really love you /And I want to love you forever/And dream of never, never, never leaving Harmony.Well said, Elton.Brunch is served year-round every Sunday. Reservations on Open Table are required. Seating times are from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $49.95 per person. Perfect harmony.Harmony Vineyards169 Harbor RoadHead of the Harbor, NY 11780631-291-9900Check website for hours and events:HarmonyVineyards.comMain Art: Harmony Vineyards offers visitors the opportunity to experience a high-quality Long Island winery without traveling to the North Fork. (Photo: Harmony Vineyards Facebook profile)last_img read more

Governor Wolf Praises State, Federal Law Enforcement For ISIL-Related Arrest in Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Praises State, Federal Law Enforcement For ISIL-Related Arrest in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 17, 2015center_img National Issues,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the arrest of Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz in Harrisburg:“I commend the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police, along with local law enforcement and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, for their efforts in apprehending this individual for his alleged efforts to aid ISIL. We understand that this individual is a U.S. citizen and his arrest is a reminder that we must remain vigilant, strong and focused on anyone here in the state who may seek to harm Pennsylvanians. I am proud of PSP’s ongoing efforts to protect Pennsylvania citizens. My administration is in constant communication with our law enforcement partners and will continue to assist in any way possible. ”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Revenue Department’s Innovation to Save $1.7 million, Enhance Service to Businesses

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Revenue Department’s Innovation to Save $1.7 million, Enhance Service to Businesses GO-TIME,  Performance Office,  Press Release Harrisburg, Pa. — As part of Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to create a more efficient and cost-effective state government, the Office of Performance through Excellence announced today the Department of Revenue will save $1.7 million over five years while improving services to Pennsylvania’s businesses. The department has developed a new feature that allows businesses and tax professionals to get all correspondence from the department electronically, saving time and reducing the need for paper.“Business owners and tax professionals can now go online to get their tax-related correspondence in real time, saving them time and money,” said Governor Wolf. “No longer do businesses have to wait days for the information to arrive in the mail. With this new option, they can get the information online, giving them more time to focus on their customers.”The new electronic correspondence feature in e-TIDES, the department’s online business tax system, allows business owners and tax professionals to receive all correspondence from the department that would normally be sent via the U.S. Postal Service. Examples include licenses and assessments.The savings of this initiative come from reducing costs for paper, inserts, envelopes and postage. In past years, the department annually mailed approximately 1.6 million pieces of correspondence to the users of e-TIDES.“We moved to create this new electronic correspondence feature after hearing feedback from taxpayers and tax professionals, many of whom use this system on a regular basis,” said Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell. “We are always looking for ways that we can improve customer service, and we expect this feature to be an important upgrade to the system we rely on for communicating with our business taxpayers.”Michael Eby, CPA, senior manager and director of state and local tax services with McKonly & Asbury LLP, and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, also sees the benefits for tax professionals.“The department’s most recent e-TIDES enhancement in allowing practitioners to receive department correspondence to our clients directly from the department is another step forward in transparency and efficiency. This is a win-win for taxpayers and practitioners alike,” Eby said. “I am appreciative of the department’s continued efforts over the past few years to make available more online tools for the practitioner community, including the ability to access client statements of account through e-TIDES.”Security is always a priority for the department. To protect taxpayer information, businesses and tax practitioners must be registered with e-TIDES to request the electronic correspondence feature. Additionally, tax professionals must be granted access by their clients. The exact steps vary by account.The Governor’s Office of Performance through Excellence provided support for the project through the GO-TIME initiative. Created in February by an executive order signed by Governor Wolf, the office works to modernize operations, maximize efficiency and provide the highest quality services to Pennsylvanians. The Wolf Administration has already saved $373 million over the past three years by streamlining government and cutting waste.A video overview of the new electronic correspondence is available for businesses and tax professionals.For more information on the Department of Revenue, visit www.revenue.pa.gov, or visit the department’s Facebook page.center_img July 10, 2018last_img read more

New West Coast Water Supply Project on schedule

first_imgLocalNews New West Coast Water Supply Project on schedule by: – July 2, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 18 Views   no discussions Photo credit: etftrends.comRoseau, Dominica– July 2nd Over twenty seven million dollars is presently being invested in one of the largest water upgrade projects ever to be undertaken in Dominica. When the project known as the West Coast Water Supply Project is completed, residents along Dominica’s west coast stretching from Salisbury to Capuchin will benefit from a significantly improved water supply system. The project is being supported by funding to the tune of $21 million from the European Union under the special framework of Assistance. A further $6 million is to be invested by the government of Dominica. The contracting authority for the project is the government of Dominica represented by the National Authorizing Officer, while project supervision is undertaken by a consulting firm, Hydro Plan of Germany, represented by La Robe Creole Professional Services on behalf of DOWASCO. The New West Coast Water Supply Project will consolidate nine independent water systems into one major network. The project has been divided into three Lots.Lot two which involves the laying of thirty kilometers of supply lines along the road shoulders was the first phase of the project to get underway. According to the project contractor, Zozime Serge Enterprise out of Martinique, just over twenty-six kilometers of pipelines have already been laid and over thirty percent of pressure testing on those pipes has been completed. Pressure testing is a process employed to ensure that there are no leaks in the system before they are put into use. The contractors are of the view that this Lot of the project is well on track for completion by October 2012. Lot one of the project involves the construction of two new intakes and two modern treatment facilities along the Picard and Coulibistrie Rivers, as well as the adjoining pipe works required to connect to the supply lines along the coast. These intakes and treatment facilities are being located much further upstream than the existing facilities and will therefore require the construction of new or extended access routes. Excavation works have already began along the Picard River leading up over two kilometers from the existing intake to access the site for the location of the new intake and treatment plant. The contract for this section of the works has been awarded to ACE Engineering, a local construction firm. Lot three of the project involves the construction of nine storage tanks to supply various communities within the project area. This Lot which is to be funded by the government of Dominica is expected to get underway at a later date. The overall anticipated completion date for the entire project is November 2013. Dominica which has already surpassed the United Nations millennium development goal of ensuring that at least fifty percent of persons without access to drinking water would have been given access by the year 2015 is now well underway to providing access to almost one hundred percent of its population by the stipulated time. Press Releaselast_img read more

UCL: Man City want to emulate Real Madrid – Guardiola

first_img“Maybe Claudio [Bravo] has won the Champions League and someone else. We don’t have many players who have won it. But we need the desire to win it and be ourselves, We could win it or lose it.“But we must be ourselves in the 180 minutes against Real Madrid. It is the real, real test.”Madrid face City having failed to win either of their last two matches and Zidane’s men will be under pressure to recover from a 1-0 LaLiga defeat at Levante on Saturday.In contrast, City go into the game on the back of two straight Premier League wins without conceding a goal, but Guardiola said Madrid’s historic success in the Champions League would be a factor in the tie.“You have players who come to Madrid and pull on the shirt, they know they are defending their history,” said Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice as coach of Barcelona. “That makes an extra thing. Not just the spectators and media.“They are the club we want to emulate and imitate and we have to be there. I want to go there and at the end of the game I want to say ‘we were what we are’. This is the most important thing in these types of competitions. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Read Also: La Liga: Real Madrid drop to second spot after Levante loss“We need to go and try and do it at one of the biggest, nicest and most prestigious stadiums. After that, we will try with our weapons and try to score the goals. If we cannot, we will congratulate them and try and improve for the next time.“For us being here is exciting, so good and we will try to do our best, knowing we play against a team who have won 13 Champions Leagues and is a king.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Madrid emerged as champions in four of the last six editions of the Champions League and have retained many of the players who spearheaded those triumphs, while Claudio Bravo and Scott Carson are the only City players to have won the competition.City manager Guardiola cast aside his intense rivalry with Madrid, which dates back to his time as Barca head coach, and told reporters: “I have an incredible admiration for this club.“The players who have played there have played so many times in the [Champions League] final and I don’t know how many times each one has lifted it. Pep Guardiola labelled Real Madrid the kings of the Champions League as the former Barcelona boss prepares to lead his Manchester City side against the club he wants to emulate.Advertisement City travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday for their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid and Guardiola highlighted the relative inexperience of his players when it comes to winning European titles. Loading… last_img read more

Wilinski, Forstner, Schmidt all repeat at Shawano

first_imgIn Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod action, Max Oreskovich led until lap four when the 10th starting Schmidt grabbed the lead. Schmidt quickly set sail and left the rest of the field behind. By Scott Owen Lap one of the IMCA Modified feature saw Kevin Feck go from third to first to lead the field. As Feck led, Wilinski began to work through traffic after starting 10th. A caution after lap six bunched the field up and Wilinski capitalized, going from his third place restart position to the inside of Feck to snag the lead.   Kasperek slipped past Hedrick to move to second. Kasperek continued to chase Forstner, but it would not be enough as Forstner went on to score his second win of the year. Third went to Mike Schmidt.  Wilinski did not look back as he drove to his second win of the year.  Feck finished in second and Marcus Yarie raced all the way from 18th to third.  Jeremie Hedrick would lead the early stages of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature while being pres­sured by Gary Kasperek and Forstner.  The trio went three-wide for the lead on lap four.  Hedrick still held the lead until lap six when Forstner utilized the inside groove to make the pass. SHAWANO, Wis. (Aug. 15) – It almost felt like déjà vu all over again Saturday as Konnor Wilkinski, Chucky Forstner and Jayden Schmidt returned to victory lane for the second week in a row at Shawano Speedway.   Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner Jayden Schmidt was one of three IMCA drivers scoring repeat victories Saturday at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos) Tyler Sobiesczyk raced his way to second on lap 12. Schmidt was just too much, though, as he won his fifth feature. Sobiesczyk and Bryce Clements were net across the stripe.last_img read more

Shafiq, Younus tons put Pakistan in the lead

first_img(REUTERS) – Asad Shafiq and Younus Khan made gritty centuries to lift Pakistan to 340 for six as England’s bowlers toiled in perfect batting conditions on the second day of the final Test at The Oval yesterday.Shafiq scored 109 and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 150 with Younus to lay the foundation for a large first-innings total for the touring side who need to win the match to level the series 2-2.Pakistan, replying to the home team’s 328, lost only the wicket of nightwatchman Yasir Shah in the morning session as England dropped three catches.Badly spilled by Alex Hales in the gully off Chris Woakes, Shah fell for 26 when he edged a lifting delivery from Steven Finn to Joe Root at second slip.Finn put down a straightforward caught-and-bowled chance off Azhar Ali and Shafiq was dropped by James Anderson in the slips off Woakes on 24.Azhar moved on to 49 before he was caught off the glove by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow off spinner Moeen Ali.Shafiq claimed his ninth Test century, hitting two sixes and 12 fours, before he pulled Finn to mid-wicket where Stuart Broad held an excellent diving catch.Woakes boosted England spirits late in the day with two wickets in an over.Misbah-ul-Haq, on 15, was caught by Hales in the gully and debutant Iftikhar Ahmed miscued his fourth ball and Moeen held a good catch running back from mid-on.The experienced Younus kept his nerve to register his 32nd Test hundred and he was unbeaten on 101 at the close with Sarfraz Ahmed on 17.ENGLAND 1st innings 328 (M. Ali 108, J. Bairstow 55; S. Khan 5-68)PAKISTAN 1st innings (Overnight: 3-1)S. Aslam lbw b Broad 3Az. Ali c Bairstow b Ali 49Y. Shah c Root b Finn 26A. Shafiq c Broad b Finn 109Y. Khan not out 101Misbah-ul-Haq c Hales b Woakes 15I. Ahmed c Ali b Woakes 4S. Ahmed not out 17Extras: (b-9, lb-3, nb-2, w-2) 16Total : (for 6 wickets, 91 overs) 340Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-52, 3-127, 4-277, 5-316, 6-320.Bowling: J. Anderson 19-6-58-0, S. Broad 19-5-59-1 (nb-1, w-1), S. Finn 9-1-71-2 (w-1), C. Woakes 17-4-52-2, M. Ali 16-0-83-1 (nb-1), J. Root 1-0-5-0.last_img read more

Badgers prepare for border battle

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoAs they travel on the road to Iowa and Minnesota this weekend, the Wisconsin volleyball team will try to bounce back and shake off last weekend’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Purdue.Wisconsin had moved into sole possession of second place in the Big Ten with the win over Illinois. However, dropping to the Boilermakers Saturday created a three-way tie for second with Purdue and Minnesota.While securing second place would have been ideal, redshirt freshman Audra Jeffers would rather put the first Purdue loss behind and look forward to the remaining three weeks of the regular season.”To forget about the loss we’ve been coming in every day at practice and just playing really hard,” Jeffers said. “Coach has set up some drills to really help us work on the things that we need to work on. We’ve been doing a really good job in practice.”With only six games before the NCAA tournament, the stretch run of the season will be crucial for the team to finish off strong, and for that reason head coach Pete Waite has adjusted the practice schedule this week.”It’s that point in the season with three weekends left where you want to make a final surge and make a strong surge going into the NCAA selections so we’re heading into the weekend hoping we’re going to do that,” Waite said.”We’ll shorten some practices; if we feel they need a day off, we’ll take a day off. Sometimes, a day off is for their bodies. Some people, whether it’s backs, knees, or shoulders, they just need some time away … all in all, a day off usually helps a lot and they come back fresh and ready to go,” he added.The Badgers’ key match this weekend will be against the No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers. The last time the two teams met in the infamous Border Battle, Wisconsin pulled out a thrilling 3-2 win at the Fieldhouse.Since then, however, the Gophers have shuffled their lineup a little and are currently on a four-game winning streak.Junior All-American Kelly Bowman, who averages 8.48 assists and 2.05 kills per game, leads Minnesota and is a versatile threat according to Audra Jeffers.”Minnesota, they’re always good,” Jeffers said. “They’ve got a great setter who hits, she plays all the way around, she’s great and we know that. She’s going to throw a lot at us.”Another constant for Minnesota is fellow All-American, libero Paula Gentil, who leads the Big Ten with 5.69 digs and 0.52 service aces per game.Although Minnesota will be a crucial match for Wisconsin, the Badgers will also have another potent match scheduled first against Iowa Friday.Though the Hawkeyes stand at eighth place in the Big Ten with a 4-10 record, the Badgers have preached all season how tough the Big Ten can be.The last three weekends have been a testament to that, as Wisconsin has split every weekend, losing to Michigan, Penn State, and Purdue.”That’s the thing with the Big Ten, even a team that you could’ve beat before pretty easily, you never know if they can make improvements throughout the year and just come in and play completely different,” Jeffers said. “Every night is a struggle so you got to just keep working hard.”Jeffers has been on a hot streak lately, recording double-figure kills in the past nine matches. However, she is hoping to help the team get on a hot streak itself and finish the season off strong.”If we get momentum in these next three matches, I think it’ll really help for the NCAA tournament so I think that’s what we’re hoping for,” Jeffers said. “Just improve with every match and get ready for the tournament.”last_img read more