Adrian Beltre has hit for the cycle for the third time in his career. Beltre homered in the fifth inning Monday night for the Texas Rangers, completing the cycle in his first four at-bats against the Houston Astros. All three of Beltre's cycles have come at the Rangers' ballpark, two for the home team and his first when he was playing for Seattle on Sept. 1, 2008.
Kaiser Carlile died Sunday, a day after he was hit by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle during the Liberal Bee Jays' game in Wichita. During an emotional news conference Monday, Kaiser was remembered as an energetic, happy boy who loved being part of the Bee Jays. Manager Adam Anderson and several players said he inspired them to always work hard, have fun and win.
Panthers starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will miss a ''few weeks'' of action after being diagnosed with a right foot injury. Lotulelei was carted off the practice field Monday at Wofford College. ''Star has a stress reaction in his foot,'' Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a release.
Gene Wein 'What High School Athletics Should Be About'
Top, Gene Wein, bottom left, watches the action at Drury's 2010 Gene Wein Holiday Tournament. Left, he presents the tourney trophies in 2007.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eugene Wein may have bled Drury Blue Devil blue, but he had a heart for all high school athletes.
"Everyone talks about him being Drury's No. 1 fan, and he was, but he showed you what high school sports fans should be," former Drury athletic director and girls basketball coach John Franzoni said on Monday night.
"He was just there to support the kids. ... Of course, he wanted Drury to win."
Wein, 93, died on Sunday at Williamstown Commons surrounded by his family.
It would taken a larger room to include the extended family of Drury athletes and coaches who knew and revered Gene Wein.
The man for whom the school's holiday basketball tournament is named was a Drury High graduate himself, a World War II veteran and a longtime Eagle Street businessman.
He was also a high school sports fan.
Franzoni recalled on Monday that Wein would regularly return to his other alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, to watch a full day of Western Massachusetts basketball tournament finals — whether or not the Blue Devils were involved.
"He was always positive and always supportive," Franzoni said.
And Wein earned the respect of the high school coaches from Drury's rivals. Often they would go over and shake the hand of the Blue Devils' No. 1 fan when they visited Bucky Bullett Gymnasium, Franzoni said.
"Before our girls game around his birthday (Feb. 7), our girls would go over and sing 'Happy Birthday' to him," Franzoni said. "And the kids from the other teams would go over and shake his hand, too."
Franzoni said one of the highlights of coaching his Drury teams was his postgame handshake with Wein, who would always have positive and encouraging words to pass along.
For Franzoni, that was reminiscent of his high school playing days in the 1980s, when Wein would come into the locker room to shake players' hands.
"Coming back as a coach, one of our first goals was to win his tournament because the kids had such love and respect for him," Franzoni said. "He was always there at the game, always so positive and supportive.
"If you want to see what high school athletics should be about, he exemplified that."
The funeral service for Wein will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m. at the MCLA Church Street Center, 265 Church St., North Adams. Burial will follow in Beth Israel Cemetery in Clarksburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Congregation Beth Israel or the Drury High School Basketball Booster Club, in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.
Shiva memorial observances will take place at Congregation Beth Israel on Lois Street on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 5-6, and at the home of Paulette Wein, Berkshire Mill, One Berkshire Place, Adams, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9. On each evening, Shiva will start at 7, with a brief service at 7:30.
Southwestern Vermont Readies Pownal Campus
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center hopes its new facility in Pownal, Vt., just north of the Massachusetts state line, will increase access for people in the Vermont/Massachusetts/New York corner.
POWNAL, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's new primary care facility on Route 7 just north of the Vermont-Massachusetts state line is planned to help fill the health care gap in the region.
But the need is probably bigger than one new outlet can satisfy.
"There's a problem now and a growing problem in that most of the practices in our area are not taking new patients or there's a really long waiting list," SVMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Trey Dobson said.
"We opened a new walk-in clinic in Februrary, ExpressCare, and the purpose was to serve patients who either don't have a primary care provider or can't get in to see their primary care provider in a reasonable time frame. During that five-month time frame, we've logged over 500 patients who don't have a primary care provider."
Combine that trend with the number of doctors in the region nearing retirement age, and you get a picture of an under-served population throughout the tri-state region that includes southwestern Vermont, northern Berkshire County and eastern New York.
Enter SVMC's Pownal Campus, which will open in October with room for three or four health care providers and the capacity to serve up to 2,000 patients.
Those providers will be a mix of doctors and "associate providers" -- either nurse practitioners or physician's assistants, Dobson said.
"As health care reform takes place and the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, primary care becomes even more important," he said. "Patients need to have a primary care provider they can access readily.
"The Pownal location worked out well. We also have other initiatives in the works in New York and north of Bennington."
Dobson said about 25 percent of SVMC's "patient encounters" are with New Yorkers. A smaller percentage -- more like 5 to 10 percent -- come from Massachusetts, but that number has been growing.
In addition to serving people not currently in the system, the Pownal facility will help patients who already see providers at Southwestern Vermont's Bennington campus.
"Access to our internal medicine and pediatrics on the Bennington campus has improved as we've recruited providers, but it doesn't meet the demand," Dobson said. "We don't have a family practice on site. We do in Manchester [Vt.] and Wilmington [Vt.], but we don't at the moment have it on campus.
"So it was either place it here on campus or we wanted to look at the Pownal area because we do have a lot of patients there. We also wanted to serve Williamstown, North Adams, Adams in Massachusetts."
The Pownal facility is modeled on SVMC's existing satellite campuses in Manchester and Wilmington, but there will be state-of-the art features that will make the Pownal site a model for future projects, Dobson said.
"We're doing some unique things with the overall appearance of the building as well as work flow," he said. "The design of the office will have a team-based approach. The physician, nurse and staff will be co-located instead of separated from one another. That really adds efficiency. If you're working next to the person, you don't have to find them or leave them messages."
And the 5,000-square-foot facility will be outfitted with the capability for telemedicine consultations with specialists at SVMC affiliate Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
The Pownal office will open with eight examination rooms, two consult rooms, an x-ray and the capability to do blood draws that can be couriered to Bennington for analysis.
Patients will be able to make regular appointments or seek "sick day" visits, although the latter could be referred to the ExpressCare clinic in Bennington, depending on demand, Dobson said.
In addition to the regular staff of providers on site, the Pownal facility likely will host weekly or twice-monthly office hours for SVMC specialists -- the same model the hospital uses at its Deerfield Valley and Northshire campuses.
To date, SVMC has announced just one of the practitioners who will staff the Pownal Campus: Dr. Michael Welther, who is leaving Arlington, Vt.'s, Battenkill Valley Health Center for the 27-mile trip south down Route 7.
"A few of the physicians we've spoken with could start shortly thereafter," Dobson said, referring to Welther's arrival in October. "We're in discussions with new physicians -- new to the area -- as well as some already established here. The goal is to increase access, not just shuffle it around."
Quadland's Flowers Seeks New Owners for Its Next Century
The owners of Quadland's are looking to retire after operating the flower shop on Holden Street for more than 50 years.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The owners of Quadland’s Flowers & Gifts are looking for someone willing to expand the business and continue its 110-year legacy.
Cynthia Martin, who owns the flower shop with her husband, Thomas, said it is time to retire after operating the shop for more than 50 years.
"We are getting old and it is time to retire if we can," Martin said last week. "The shop needs new younger blood and there is a lot you can do in a flower and gift shop."
The business is listed for $310,000. It is located at 90 Holden St., where it rents space on the west end of the D'Amours Big Y building.
Martin expects the business to sell quickly with the growing creative industry in the city.
"With all of the artists and people coming in from the larger cities that want to get away from the big-city crowds, I think it has a very good chance of selling," she said.
Couple would be willing to train anyone who would want to buy the business. Martin said she would like to see new owners venture more into the gift aspect of the shop and add more art-inspired crafts to the store inventory.
She said Quadland's range has always been far reaching and they take orders from all over the country. Ninety percent of their business now is over the phone and the shop is part of the FTD network.
"It is very well known out of town ... so people who know us call us from all over the country," she said. "People move away, their children move away, their grandchildren move away, and they think Quadland's when they need flowers."
The business was established as Quadland's Greenhouses in 1904 by Warren Quadland. After graduating from Drury High School, Quadland apprenticed at a Philadelphia nursery for three years before returning to buy the greenhouses on Houghton Street next to where he'd grown up.
He opened the floral shop on Main Street in 1921, and later one of his sons joined the business for awhile before branching out into hotels and gift shops. In 1955, the Quadlands retired and sold the flower shop to his niece, Peggy Quadland Pettibone and her husband.
The Martins bought the business in 1962 and moved in 1966 to what was then the Artery Arcade when the space it occupied on the west end of Main Street was consigned to the wrecking ball during urban renewal.
Martin said she and her husband are proud to have served North Adams and be there for people in both their saddest and happiest moments.
"It really feels like everybody is part of a big family and when something sad happens, you are sad right along with them and when they get married and they have babies, you are happy with them right along," she said. "Since I was here I used to watch these kids grow up from 6 and 7 years old when I first started and then they come in for their prom flowers ... I just hope to keep the legacy going.
"It's been going over 100 years and it's been going well."