Vermont Public Television covered the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama to the Vermont National Guard on Thursday afternoon, June 30, and has posted video of it on http://www.vpt.org/(link is external).The 24-minute video includes a welcome from Major General Michael Dubie, who introduced Marcelle Leahy. Mrs. Leahy introduced the First Lady, who thanked the service members and their families gathered at the Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington. She praised the work of Guard members at home and overseas.At the event, she also talked about the Joining Forces initiative to support military families and veterans that she and Jill Biden lead. She highlighted efforts of Vermonters to support the troops and their families, including the work of people in Hyde Park, to help a wounded veteran. She encouraged others to volunteer, saying, ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.’
Tim Sherwood has urged Ron Vlaar to prove himself again as the Aston Villa skipper prepares for his return. Press Association And Sherwood has put any contract talks on hold with Vlaar in order to focus on keeping Villa in the top flight. “He realises he needs to be playing. I haven’t even bothered speaking to him. There’s time for that when we are safe,” he said. “He is just concentrating on getting fit to play. Without getting on the pitch, he’s not going to be an attractive proposition to anybody.” He played under Louis van Gaal in Brazil and will face his former international boss when Villa travel to Old Trafford on Saturday. The 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer and, having shaken off a calf injury, Villa boss Sherwood wants Vlaar to rediscover his spark. He said: “We all know what he has done over the years but when people are putting their hands in their pockets to fork out money, they want to know they are getting value. “He was right up there with the best at the World Cup but people have short memories. “You are always looking at what people are doing now rather than a few months ago. “He will have far more options open to him if he is in the shop window that’s for sure.” Vlaar has only made 12 Barclays Premier League starts this season following calf and knee problems as Villa, three points above the relegation zone, battle the drop. His last game in February saw him concede a stoppage-time penalty and get sent off as Villa lost 2-1 to Stoke in Sherwood’s first match. Sherwood wants to see the fit-again defender help struggling Villa to a grandstand finish and warned him people may have forgotten his World Cup heroics. Vlaar starred in the Netherlands’ run to the semi finals in Brazil last year – despite missing a penalty in the last four shoot-out against Argentina – leading to links with Manchester United.