Empty Netter Assists - 09-19-14

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-So training camp got off to a great start as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are already injured.

-EN Says: We suspect these are "trainingcampitis" injuries. While this franchise's history with reporting injuries is suspect, these appear to be very minor ailments.

-The Penguins enter a brave, new world.

-"I don't think I've hit my full potential yet." - Daniel Carcillo who is in camp on a tryout basis.

-The Penguins will reveal another way to make money third jersey today.

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Carcillo speaks:

-Rob Scuderi speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-Happy 26th birthday to current Penguins forward Nick Spaling. Along with Patric Hornqvist, he was acquired in a trade this past offseason which sent James Neal to the Predators. In 297 career games, Spaling has 84 points.

-Happy 44rd birthday to former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma (right). Promoted from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton midway through the 2008-09 season as a replacement for Michel Therrien, Bylsma led the Penguins to an 18-3-4 record down the stretch and the third Stanley Cup title in franchise history. He became the 14th coach in NHL history to lead a team to a championship in his first season. In 2009-10, the Penguins had a 47-28-7 record under Bylsma and reached the postseason once again. During the 2010-11 campaign, despite the absences of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal at various times, Bylsma directed the club to 49-25-8 record, 106 points - third-most in the NHL overall - and another playoff appearance. That effort helped Bylsma win the Jack Adams Award, the only time a Penguins coach has won the award. In 2011-12, Bylsma directed the team to a 51-25-6 record and another playoff appearance. During a lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Bylsma saw the team win the Atlantic Division title with a 36-12-0 record. During the postseason, the Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference final. Last season, the Penguins won th Metropolitan Division with a 51-24-7 record. After being eliminated by the Rangers in the second round of the postseason, Bylsma was fired. In 400 regular season games, Bylsma has a record of 252-117-32. He is the franchise's career leader in coaching wins and games coached. In 78 postseason games, he had a 43-35 record.

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-"I’ve played with guys who are louder but they also proved it with their actions. Everybody’s different. To try to come in and be someone that you’re not, guys can pick up on that pretty quickly when it’s not natural or genuine. I just want to come in and lead by example with the way I come to work every day and treat people the way they should be treated." - Former Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on joining the Capitals.

-"I love the game. What I want to tell you is I don’t know if it’s going to be the last year in the NHL. If I stay healthy, it’s not going to be my last year in hockey. I want to play until 50, maybe more. But I want to play in the NHL if I’m good enough. I don’t want to just be here just to be here. But the longer you play in the NHL, the better challenge you get for yourself. You’re facing the best players in the world. So, if I’m good enough to play in this league, I want to do it. If I’m not, I’m going to play somewhere else. But you have to stay healthy and you have to stay motivated and you have to love the game. So, that’s what I do. That’s what I love.” - Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr on entering his 20th NHL training camp at the age of 42.

-"They burned the rink. They are bombing right now. They’re bombing the city. It’s unsafe to even travel there. So, they shut the team down for this year. They let us know in July that we can go anywhere we want basically for a year. So, I was trying to come back to the NHL.” - Former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko (right) on the ongoing military conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Fedotenko, who is in the Devils' training camp on a tryout basis, was under contract with Donbass Donetsk, a KHL team in Eastern Ukraine. That team has suspended operations for the 2014-15 season.

-For the first time in two decades, the Devils enter a training camp with a new No. 1 goaltender. Cory Schneider takes over for Martin Brodeur.

-“My desire is that I want to play, but the chance of me playing is really slim. That’s the fact.” - Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen on his recovery from blood clots in his lungs and right leg.

-Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton will be sidelined indefinitely due to a back injury.

Atlantic Division

-A report in the Toronto Star revealed a rift between star forward Phil Kessel and assistant coach Steve Spott. According to the report, Spott revealed at a coaches clinic a new breakout strategy he devised was rejected by Kessel who reportedly said, "No. I’m not going to do that.

-“I haven’t read no article or anything yet, so I can’t really even say what you guys are talking about. I’ve obviously talked to [Spott] a couple times, but it’s not about that. It’s more about golf and stuff. I don’t really talk about hockey in the summer, to be honest, if you really want to know the truth.” - Kessel's reaction when asked about the report.

-“I think we had a very general conversation that took place, talking about his drive, and also talking about different things on the ice, and that’s part of my job. Get to know these guys, things they like to do on the ice, things that they think we can improve on, and just getting to know them.” - Spott on the report.

-Former Flyers/Lightning/Kings forward Simon Gagne is trying to revive his career on a tryout contract with the Bruins.

-Unsigned restricted free agent forward Reilly Smith (right) and defenseman Torey Krug did not report to the start of the Bruins' training camp.

-Red Wings forward prospect Anthony Mantha, a first-round pick in 2013, will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.

Central Division

-The Wild re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.5 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $776,667, Kuemper's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.25 million. In 26 games last season, Kuemper, 24, had a 12-8-4 record with a 2.43 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and two shutouts.

-The Wild suspended goaltender Josh Harding after he suffered an ankle injury in a non-hockey related activity. While he is suspended, he will not be paid and his salary cap hit will not count.

-EN Says: As the Wild found out last season when injuries hit hard, you can never have enough goaltending. With Kuemper under wraps, as well as Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Ilya Bryzgalov in camp in various capacities, the Wild will have plenty of options at the position.

-Stars forward Rich Peverley (right) was given medical clearance to resume working out but not to skate. During a game March 3, Peverley suffered what was described as a "cardiac event" and has not played since.

-Avalanche forward/enforcer Patrick Bordeleau will be sidelined approximately three months while recovering from offseason back surgery.

-Despite having one of the lowest average ticket costs, the Avalanche has one of the league's highest salary cap figures.

-The Blackhawks invited defenseman Cam Barker, selected No. 3 overall by the Blackhawks in the 2004 draft, to training camp on a tryout basis. Drafted after Washington Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, Barker has struggled to stick in the NHL.

-Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, currently an unsigned restricted free agent, did not report to training camp.

Pacific Division

-In his newly published autobiography, former Ducks star forward Teemu Selanne blasted head coach Bruce Boudreau. Selanne, who retired this past offseason, said he would still be playing if the Ducks had a different coach and said, "It would have been wrong if we had won the Stanley Cup with a coach like that."

-“I tried to explain honestly what happened last year. In frustration, I made several comments following our Game 7 loss to the Kings that I shouldn’t have said. As I’ve said many times, Bruce is a nice guy, but we simply had a different view on my role with the Ducks. I’m sorry if I hurt Bruce or anyone else. That was not my intent.” - Selanne's reaction when asked to comment on the biography.

-"Nobody likes hearing anything negative about themselves, so in that sense I'm a little disappointed. But I understand the frustration." - Boudreau.

-“That’s the problem with Vancouver. The media makes up a lot of stories that aren’t true. To be honest, I was really sick of certain media guys throwing people under the bus. No matter how much my old teammates say it doesn’t bother them. It affects them. It does in that city.” - Ducks forward Ryan Kesler (right) on his time with the Canucks. Kesler was dealt to Anaheim this past offseason.

-Oilers forward David Perron is still dealing with a hip injury lingering from the spring.

-The Sharks assigned defensemen Kyle Bigos, Brenden Ellis, Nick Jones, forwards Chris Crane, Jeremy Langlois and John MacInnis to Worcester of the AHL. Forwards Rourke Chartier (Kelwona - WHL), Kevin Labanc (Barrie - OHL), Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw - OHL), Alex Schoenborn (Portland - WHL) and defenseman Alexis Vanier (Baie-Comeau - QMJHL) were assigned to their junior teams.

-Can forward Devin Setoguchi re-discover his 20-goal scoring touch with the Flames?

Smythe Division

-Former Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis has joined Barys Astana of Russia's KHL.

-Former Flyers forward Stefan Ruzicka has joined Lausanne of Switzerland's NLA.

-What's next for the WHL's Portland Winterhawks now that former coach/general manager Mike Johnston is in Pittsburgh?

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Between the ‘Eers: Josh Lambert and WVU's merry band of specialists

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Saturday was a rollercoaster day for Josh Lambert and West Virginia’s specialists. There was a punt nearly returned for a touchdown, a punt actually returned for a touchdown and a missed field goal before Lambert finally stutter-stepped into a 47-yard game-winner as time expired.

So, this seemed like a proper time to get to know the Mountaineers’ enigmatic specialist corps — Lambert, punter Nick O’Toole, holder Michael Molinari and long-snapper John DePalma. Today’s daily story centers on Lambert, but it begins to tell the story of a team that lifts together … and lives together.

Lambert, O’Toole, DePalma and reserve kicker “Little Mike” Molina got an apartment together this year, and we started talking about that and, well, everything. Once they start talking, laughs are sure to follow.

A few carrots to dangle in front of the readers’ noses:

Lambert is a heck of a cook, says everyone. He’s the house cook and doesn’t like to keep leftovers around. He wants to open a restaurant one day.

These specialists lift like monsters. They spent the offseason beefing up their bench-press numbers, and they can all push somewhere between 300 and 400 pounds on the bench. And they squat on Sundays.

The go-to game at The Loft is FIFA. Everybody is good at FIFA. Everybody except DePalma.

Without further adieu, let’s get to know the guys head coach Dana Holgorsen called “goof balls” after Molinari twisted his ankle during a chest bump last month. Guys who won’t skip a leg day but care just as much about their tattooed and beefy biceps. Guys who know the one true answer to YouTube meathead Dom Mazzetti’s loaded question: Do you even lift?

(You don’t.)


So, is this indeed a bunch of “goof balls”?

DePALMA: "We definitely are goof balls, that's for sure. The leader of the goof balls would probably be Molinari. But when it comes down to it, when the pressure is on we're all serious. We get our work done."

MOLINARI: "We like to have fun. Let's keep it simple. We're very close-knit. Obviously, with all of us coming back this year we have that experience together. We had a good season last year, so we just tried to build on that this year and come back more improved and support each other, more than anything. We're close, which is good."

DeFOREST: "It's fun. They work hard. They know what they have to do. They're an integral part of the team. Don't lose sight of the fact you've got to coach a guy how to hold the ball, how to kick it, how to punt it, how to snap it. They're position players too. They don't play as many plays, but the plays they are in are exposed. If it's a bad snap or bad hold or bad kick, they only have one shot at it and then they're out. They've got to be perfect."


What is Josh Lambert, a man of few words, like off the field?

MOLINARI: "Josh is a nice kid. There is a heart in there, let's put it that way. ... He's very set in his own ways, but in a good way."

O’TOOLE: "It depends. He's up and down. He has his good days and his bad days of communication. It's like a tough relationship with everybody. He definitely has his good and bad days of communication. There's times where he'll just go into his room and I won't know if he's sleeping or what. And there's other times he's playing FIFA for eight hours straight. Or he's cooking. It just depends with him, how he's feeling that day." [laughs at his drab painting of this relationship]

DePALMA: "He comes out of his shell. He's a great cook, actually. He's a really good cook. You wouldn't think it, but of all of us in the apartment he's the big cook. At least once a week, if not more, he'll bring home scallops and shrimp. A couple days ago his uncle or one of his uncle's friends sent him a bunch of crab meat from Alaska. He cooked it all up, and it was really good."

Didn’t know they had crabs up there.

O’TOOLE: "It's Alaska. Ever watch Deadliest Catch? Seriously, this guy. I can't work with you."

What’s the chef’s specialty?

DePALMA: "His steak is his specialty. It's really good."

O’TOOLE: "He made alligator one time. He had never cooked it before, but it was really good. He buys all this stuff, and he's never done anything with it but he just pieces together a masterpiece."

So, it’s DePalma’s birthday today [Tuesday] … what’s he cooking?

DePALMA: "I'm going to a crab shack, actually."

Oh. OK, where’d this culinary passion come from?

LAMBERT: “Well, I love to eat food that tastes great, and eating out gets expensive. So, I started cooking, and it turned out that I really enjoyed it. And an added bonus is that I think I'm pretty good at it. One day I would like to open my own restaurant.”

That’s pretty wild, but let’s back up. How’d you start kicking?

LAMBERT: "I stopped playing select soccer in 6th grade. We were in middle school, I was on the football field during PE, and I was kicking a soccer ball across the field. The PE teacher came up and suggested I try to kick a football. I'd never played football, so I didn't think much of it. A couple weeks went by and I got to thinking about it. If I'm not playing soccer anymore, I should probably try something. That's how I got into it. Went out when football season started, started kicking a football and as time went by, though middle school and high school, I realized I could do this in college."

Where does your laidback demeanor come from?

LAMBERT: "I don't know. None of my family is really ... they have more emotion than me. I'm more like my dad than anybody."

It seems to help in bounce-back situations. Seven times you’ve had a chance to redeem yourself after a miss in the same game, and you’ve hit six times.

LAMBERT: "It's really hard to explain. With our position you can't dwell on a miss or a mistake. If you take it with you to the next kick, it's going to affect you then. If you start piling up misses, at that point it's not good.

What was your recruiting road like?

LAMBERT: "I went to a [Chris] Sailer kicking camp. He called me one day and said, 'Hey, you're going to be getting a few phone calls from people. Have your phone ready.' One day I was sitting in class and Coach DeForest called. He told me, 'I'll let you know tonight, but it looks like we'll have a scholarship for you.' He called me later that day and said, 'Hey, we've got a scholarship.' Got off the phone with him, thought about it, didn't even ask my mom or dad, thought about it for two minutes, called him back and said, 'Alright, I'm coming to West Virginia.' Then ended up telling my mom and dad, hey, by the way ..."

How did they react?

LAMBERT: "They were really excited. They know I'm not one of those kids who needs to be at home all the time. I'm fine being far away. I was talking to A&M at the time. They wanted me to walk on and then beat out the kid who was there, but everyone tells you that. I could have grayshirted at Louisiana Tech, and I had a bunch of D-II schools."


How’d yinz decide the shack up together this year?

LAMBERT: "We all talked about how we all get along, so we might as well live together. … We're like brothers. I'm with them the majority of the day other than while we're at class. At practice we spend all day together. At home we spend all day together."

What’s the vibe?

O’TOOLE: "Very mellow. It's not crazy. We're pretty far off. We're at The Lofts, which is kind of far from downtown. It's not bad."

DEPALMA: "It's pretty good. Little Mike brought in a big, 60-inch TV. He also brought Apple TV, got the Xbox hooked up with FIFA. That's the go-to."

What’s the single best aspect of the apartment?

O’TOOLE: "The TV, it's like 55 inches. Little Mike came in clutch with that."

And that’s where the FIFA happens, huh?

O’TOOLE: "Yeah, obviously. No, we play on a 13-inch TV. Come on, stupid question. Let's go."

And you’re good at FIFA?

O’TOOLE: "We're all good at FIFA — except John, John's not very good at FIFA.”

Today is John's birthday. Any plans to celebrate?

O’TOOLE: “Yeah, I mean, everybody's doing the whole social media thing, but that's so overrated."


As specialists, do you have to prove yourselves in different ways?

MOLINARI: "I feel like we do. You have to earn respect, absolutely. I think we've earned some respect in some non-traditional ways. In the weight room, Josh can bench press upwards of 300 pounds. Me and O'Toole hold our own, as well. We kind of earn our respect that way, and with our production on the field, obviously. Guys know we're an important aspect of this team, and they respect that."

Wow, so Lambert’s got arms?

MOLINARI: "Lambert is swole, as we like to say. Our work ethic in the weight room, you don't see that often out of kickers and punters, I guess. [laughs] We have fun with it. It's fun. A lot of guys respect that."

So, somebody told me you can bench 300 pounds …

LAMBERT: "Uh, I can bench 400 pounds."

Oh! You'll have to tell Molinari ...

LAMBERT: "Oh, really? He was probably talking about how I can bench 150-pound dumbbells in each hand. But with the bar I can put about 400 up."

Well, that’s not NOT impressive.

DePALMA: "Four hundred? That's all he's got, but yeah.”

O’TOOLE: "Last week he had a pretty weak day. We all finished at the same weight with 120s [with each arm]. So ... just saying."

You go pretty ham in the weight room, then?

O’TOOLE: "Yeah, we're huge, obviously."

The word “swole” has been thrown around today.

O’TOOLE "We're the swolest of the swole." [leans toward mic] "Swolest of the swole."

Is it important you show your strength a little?

O’TOOLE: "I think it helps everybody appre...not appreciate us more but understand that we're doing everything they're doing. We're doing the same reps and more weight sometimes than they are. That just helps everybody understand that we're pulling our weight — literally. Literally. Wink."

DePALMA: “The weight room is where we can show our true colors, how hard we actually work. We can't show it on the field as much because it's a one-play-and-out deal. It's a way to bond with other players. We're usually intermingled between all the groups — I'll lift with linebackers and we'll be joking around then, too.”

LAMBERT: "They see us. We're out there before they are for practice. The time we actually spend with the team on the field is 25-30 minutes at the beginning when we're doing special teams, and then they see us leave. In that sense, yeah, it doesn't look good, but we go up to the grass field or the indoor field and spend a lot of time and do work. We don't go up there and mess around. When we're done, we come back and stretch. We all work really hard in the weight room. Everyone gets to see that, and they for the most part know we're not a bunch of goof balls. After practice, after we kick we don't go play ping-pong inside and take our pads off like some kickers do."

But you don’t skip leg day, do you?

O’TOOLE: "No. We squat on Sundays. Tuesday, Thursday it's little, not heavy legs because we want to save our legs."

Is it weird for specialists to be so into lifting?

O’TOOLE: "I've done that my whole life. At JUCO I was very into lifting and getting stronger and bigger and swole. Swoller. We want to be the biggest guys on the team, and we put up that weight. I'm just saying, we put up a lot of weight."

What are your feelings on Dom Mazzetti?

O’TOOLE: "Dom Mazzetti? He's classic!" [laughs]

Don't know the last time Dom Mazzetti was brought up in an interview here ...

O’TOOLE: "Yeah, probably never."


Ever had a game with that many momentum swings, especially on special teams?

LAMBERT: "It was definitely crazy. We had stuff go our way and stuff that didn't go our way. You just have to stay positive and expect things to go your way, and they will. … There was definitely a lot of adversity throughout the game. Good teams are able to overcome adversity. Between this year and last year you could tell a difference. Last year we had trouble finishing games. When it came down to it this year, we were able to finish, even though it was up and down."

O’TOOLE: "It was unreal. Definitely not a strong day in punting. Just missing the first one and me not having a good game, then Josh saving us for all the specialists at the end. It definitely helped us out, but it was up and down."

Lambert had just missed a field goal on the previous drive; how does he bounce back to nail a 47-yarder?

LAMBERT: "I'm not someone that gets real high or low. I try to stay pretty even-keeled throughout the game. If you do miss, which every kicker does — nobody is perfect — you have to be able to put it out and go on to the next one."

DeFOREST: "He’s a flat-liner, not a lot of emotion, which is great. If you miss a kick at that position, you're going to have to wait about another half hour before you get another chance."

O’TOOLE: “He has confidence, and I wouldn't say that nothing bothers him, but he can shake it off very easily. That's a big part of what we do. You're only as good as your next kick, and his next kick was a game winner. What have you done with your Saturday?"

DePALMA: “He doesn't let the pressure get to him. He never makes any situation bigger than it actually is. It's just another kick for him. People were talking trash to him — why weren't you excited? Well, he was just mad because he should have had it already put away. As he kept saying, most times in life you don't get two tries. He was just upset he had to take the second try to make it."

Was that a false start stutter-step we saw?

O’TOOLE: "I didn't even see the stutter. I was watching the snap and everything else, and I didn't see the stutter. After I saw the film, I was like hooo-lyyyy poo. He could have gotten called, but they also could have gotten called on the block, too, because they jumped and fell all over us. People these days, I know."

LAMBERT: "I watched the video, and I'm supposed to move at the same time that Mike picks his finger up off the ground to catch the ball. I moved when John started his snap motion. Everybody was saying that I false-started. I didn't false start. I moved when John moved, but I was still too early. If I wouldn't have stutter-stepped, I would have been there before the ball got there.”

So your eye is looking for a cue, which is Molinari lifting his finger?

“I mean, that's what it's supposed to be. My focus was a little skewed. I had a lot to think about. The one before that was blocked … so I was taking an approach more like I had to get the ball up. I can't have it blocked. Which is why I anticipated it more. As soon as John started, I went, and that was too early. Our up times are usually about 1.2, 1.25, 1.3 seconds. That one was 1.08. So, I was a little fast."

Were you following the two-minute drive and aware of where you’d be placed relative to a hash or the middle of the field?

"Honestly, I was staying in the kicking net the entire time. Once we got past the 50-yard line, I started looking over to see where the game clock was. ... Every kick is straight, whether you're on the left hash, right hash, middle. Everything is straight. That doesn't affect me.Honestly, I'd rather be on a hash than in the middle. If you kind of think about it, being in the middle you have more opportunity to miss left or right. Most of the time if I miss from a hash it's because I didn't finish my leg swing."

There was some serious shushing and mean-mugging going on after the kick … thoughts?

LAMBERT: “Everyone has their own opinions on people, but [fans] were saying all kinds of bad stuff throughout the whole game. Other than TCU last year, that's probably the worst fan base, at least that little section that was talking to us. That's probably the worst I've encountered so far."

O’TOOLE: "I think he needs to work on [the celebration]. You can't pull the Karl Joseph shushing. Mike was jumping around him, trying to ... I mean, he had just kicked the game-winning field goal and we won. And it's Josh, so he's not going to show any emotion. He needs to work on it a bit."

Can you cosign that the fans were giving a bit of a hard time?

O’TOOLE: "The fans were giving us a hard time the entire game. All the specialists were getting it. I think [the winning kick] really shut them up."

Do you have a punt celly?

O’TOOLE: "I will when I get one inside the 5, but you guys have to wait for that because I have to get it inside the 5 first. Just be looking for it."

Looked like you had a shot to tackle Will Likely ...

O’TOOLE: "Yeah, I ..."

*Theoretically* had a shot.

O’TOOLE: "You're a negative Nancy. I don't want to talk to you."

What'd you see there?

O’TOOLE: "I saw a five-star recruit running at me in the open field. It was tough. Freshman football came back to me: break down and get in front of the guy. He did try and juke me like 18 times in the last 10 yards. I didn't jump or anything. I just waited from him to get closer. I tried to get him, but he just mushed me right in my face."

What's going through your head when he's coming at you?

O’TOOLE: "I don't think I can say that here. You're the last line of defense. You've got to do something. You slow him down or try to get in front of him. I tried. It could have been a lot worse. I could have looked totally unathletic. I wish I would've got him."

They give you a hard time watching film?

O’TOOLE:  "You could say that."

Still, had to feel good to see a specialist win it, right?

O’TOOLE: "Yeah, it's definitely a great feeling, and it's great to see him on cloud nine. Well, not cloud nine  — cloud Josh."

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Defeating ISIS

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The House and Senate have voted to approve Obama's controversial plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in an effort to defeat the Islamic State or ISIS. This is remarkable since they haven't been able to pass any other kind of legislation at all.

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Garden ideas from Italy work here too

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Blog scenes carlotta from insideA view of Villa Carlotta in Lake Como. Photo by Doug Oster

In this segment from Pittsburgh Today Live I show how to take some of the things I saw in Italy and use them back home. All gardens inspire, and I've got lots of ideas from my trip.


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PNME adds to the Lime Green team

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The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has grown its ranks with a new education director and a new board member. More from PNME below: 

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME) is pleased to announce the addition of two team members as it begins its 40th season of new music in Pittsburgh.

Jennie Dorris joins PNME in the newly created position, Director of Education. A musician, educator, and journalist, Ms. Dorris moved to Pittsburgh in October 2013, and quickly integrated into the arts community. She teaches a course in Creative Expression at Carnegie Mellon University's Preparatory School, writes for Pittsburgh Magazine, and works with the Center for Arts innovation at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music. An active performer, Ms. Dorris performs with Alia Musica, Musicians with a Mission, and Shelter Music Boston. In addition to expanding PNME's current educational initiatives, Ms. Dorris will work with students at the Neighborhood Academy for an 8-week residence in the spring, presenting her workshop "Telling Stories," in which students will write memoires and create music and other artwork, culminating in a performance at the end of the residency. When asked about her new appointment, Ms. Dorris said "I'm excited for students across Pittsburgh to create their own musical works and share them with the community." For more information on Ms. Dorris, please visit

PNME also welcomes Linda Kernohan as its newest member to its Board of Directors. Ms. Kernohan is a composer and pianist, and the author of the Miss Music Nerd blog. Her music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe, and her most recent project is A Book of Hours, a cycle of piano pieces based on the writings of Thomas Merton. She has served as classical music blogger for the Grammy Awards since 2009, and is also a contributor to Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh's cultural talk magazine. Ms. Kernohan teaches music courses at Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, and private piano lessons at the Winchester Thurston School. She moved from Boston to Pittsburgh two years ago and has been thrilled to find a rich, vibrant and welcoming music community here. For more information on Ms. Kernohan, please visit

"The Board and artists of PNME are delighted to welcome such vibrant and community-oriented individuals to our team. Both Ms. Dorris and Ms. Kernohan will be vital assests as our team works to develop and strengthen our relationship with the Pittsburgh community" said Executive Director, Pamela Murchison. PNME's Board President, Jeffrey Nytch, echoed the sentiment, sharing that "Linda and Jennie are both terrific additions to our team, and are part of an ongoing strategy to grow our board and broaden the scope of activities beyond those of our summer season."

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