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The Coeur d’Alene Resort will move ahead with the design for a second hotel tower following a Tuesday vote by the Coeur d’Alene City Council to vacate two downtown streets.

The council voted 5 1 for the street vacations, which Hagadone Hospitality officials said are needed for the construction of a narrow, 19 story tower rising above Front Avenue and extending over a portion of Hagadone’s Resort Plaza Shops. All of the rooms in the new tower will face west.

Councilwoman Amy Evans cast the dissenting vote, saying she didn’t have enough information about how the tower will affect downtown, including the views and the shadows cast by the building.

“I would like more information on the impact on views and vistas,” she told other council members. “We know the community values those.”

Councilman Dan Gookin said the city codes already allow downtown towers up to 220 feet in height. Two other council members, Ron Edinger and Steve Adams, noted the portion of Front Avenue being vacated already is closed to vehicle traffic, with the exception of resort deliveries. Second Street functions as an exit for resort visitors.

John Barlow, a consultant for Hagadone Hospitality, said the tower will add about 200 hotel rooms and allow the resort to go after new convention business. The Coeur d’Alene Resort opened in 1986 with 340 rooms. Many meeting planners won’t book locations with less than 500 hotel rooms, Barlow told the council.

Resort officials identified the need for a second tower about a decade ago, but plans were shelved during the recession, Barlow said. Now the market is ready for that type of expansion, Barlow said.

“The need is real. We have the names of the associations that want to come if we can provide the rooms,” he said. “We really believe this will help our winter business.”

The expansion also would add about 10,000 square feet of convention space some in the lower floors of the tower and some through reconfiguring existing space in the resort. The parking garage will get another 110 spaces with an additional floor.

The additional hotel rooms will generate about 94,000 additional “guest nights” at the resort each year, with an annual impact of about $42 million to the community,
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according to an economic consultant hired by Hagadone Hospitality.

The next step in the process is for the company to apply for a building permit, which will trigger a building design review by the city. About 40 people showed up for a hearing on the street vacation. Representatives from the real estate community, the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce and the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association spoke in favor.

“We need more winter stuff,” said Doug Johnson, who owns Fire, a wood fired pizza restaurant downtown. “This is a real opportunity to bring business to downtown Coeur d’Alene during the winter.” That’s when downtown needs more tourists, he said.

How the hotel tower would affect bike and pedestrian access was a topic of great interest. The tower will go over the top of the Centennial Trail, in the location where a pedestrian bridge connects the resort and the Resort Plaza Shops. The area beneath the bridge will remain open for cyclists and pedestrians, Barlow said.

The city will negotiate a contract with Hagadone Hospitality to ensure future access, City Council members said.

Some speakers urged the council to turn down the street vacation.

“Do not give away public property in this case,” said Mike Teague, a Coeur d’Alene resident. “It’s time for Coeur d’Alene taxpayers to stop helping fund Hagadone projects.”

Local resident Bev Moss came to talk about Centennial Trail access, but also encouraged the council to consider the skyscape.

“There is an aesthetic impact we can’t afford to ignore,” she said. “We are going to lose a little blue sky.”

The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s current tower is 216 foot tall, with 18 floors. The city later adopted height limits for downtown buildings, with a maximum possible height of 220 feet, or about 19 stories.

Developers have to incorporate public features to get the maximum height, such as street level retail shops, day cares,
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public art or affordable housing for people who work downtown.

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WITH a passion for designer labels, businesswoman Christine Hughes has always been a follower of fashion.At a time when other companies have struggled to make ends meet, Christine and business partner Jane Robertson have seen takings at their new Edinburgh based designer clothes agency rocket.They began selling pre owned high end women’s clothing at Stock Xchange in June 2009.Since then, wealthy clients have been handing in their unwanted or unworn designer garments for Xchange to sell, and cash strapped label lovers have been flocking through the doors from as far as Durham in the north of England.As a result, Christine and Jane have more than doubled their projected takings for the first six months.But Christine reckons the secret to their success is, ironically, the recession.The former hotelier, who once ran a five star hotel in Murrayfield, said: “This is good news in gloomy times. We’ve started up a business in one of the worst recessions the country has ever seen and are doing well. We have smashed our targets.”The nature of the business is recycling and, because of the recession, people have more of a conscience about what they are spending.”However, the current economic climate doesn’t mean Scots have to curtail spending on their favourite designer brands, says Christine.She reckons if you shop at Stock Xchange you can buy one off pre owned wardrobe staples often never worn for less than half price.The 45 year old added: “There are a lot of people who, like me, love quality key pieces and timeless items in their wardrobe but there is a price tag attached to that.”With Stock Xchange you are paying a lot less for a piece of that.”We all have mortgages and bills to pay. These things come first but if you’ve been used to quality, it’s hard to go back the way. A great designer agency is the way to maintain that status quo.”Top selling labels at Stock Xchange include Diane von Furstenburg, Missoni, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci while handbags and dresses fly offthe shelves.Recently a black, jersey style Alexander McQueen dress (RRP which was worn by X Factor judge Cheryl Cole, sold for justThis is just one example of the amazing less than half price deals at Stock Xchange.Christine, who has recently celebrated seven months in business, revealed: “There is something for everyone. We have worn once Armani suits that retail at and we sell them for to it’s less than half price.”We have Diana Von Furstenburg tops that would retail at but we sell them for “You can pick up Gucci sunglasses for We also sell Victoria Beckham’s Rock Republic jeans. They retail for but we sell them for around “Recently a beautiful Chanel suit came in. It had been worn once and retails at and we sold it for That’s a total bargain.”In the late 1990s, Christine ran a similar venture to Stock Xchange called New 2. At that time, it was one of the first clothing agencies in Edinburgh that exclusively stocked designer labels.Six years later, Christine bought a small hotel with her husband but after realising her heart was in retail, they developed it before selling it for a sizeable profit. This was when her friend, and now business partner, Jane Robertson approached her with a proposal for Stock Xchange and Christine jumped at the chance.The businesswoman, who previously worked in advertising, admits she’s always had expensive tastes in clothing but don’t call her a ‘label lover’.She admitted: “I hate the word ‘labels’, I really do. People think it’s about that but it’s not for me it’s about quality.”I love beautiful things. I love the fabrics, the quality, the colours all the things you only get with so called labels. My mother had a great saying, ‘Buy cheap, buy twice’.”I like quality clothing. I didn’t discover ‘designer’ until I was working in advertising.”One of my colleagues was heavily into designer clothes and as soon as I experienced how good the cloth felt, I got addicted to it.
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“We’re still seeing whether it is going to bear fruit but it’ been a wonderful process. I’ve learned a lot. It’s wonderful to get through the build out and the planning stages and actually start the business,” he said.

Cynosure is only open for limited hours at this point. on Saturday. He hopes to expand the hours as the business grows.

“I looked at the number of breweries in Portland and the population in Portland and if you were to assume that Anchorage could support the same number of breweries and brew pubs per capita, we would have 27. So I think there’s a lot of room for breweries and brew pubs in Anchorage and across the state,” Pelz said.

Ryan Makinster, executive director of Brewers Guild of Alaska, said Alaska currently has 28 breweries in operation with at least eight on some form of planning.

“There is room for the industry to grow. It’s one of the only manufacturing industries in the state that is growing at this time,” said Makinster.

In 2015, the brewing industry in Alaska packed an $84 million direct economic punch, according to a study by the Brewers Guild. That figure includes business income, payroll, fees and taxes paid, and rents and dividends. With the multiplier effect, total direct and indirect economic impact reached $169 million in 2015, according to the study. The industry employed 2,281 people last year.

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“There is a desire for a certain demographic to have breweries, wineries, and some of these types of places. If you look at other communities that entice young professionals, if you look at Silicon Valley and Boulder, Colorado, a key component of that is outdoor rec lifestyle but also fine restaurants but also the other brewing scene and the other local craft scene,” Makinster said.

On tap last week at Cynosure, Pelz was serving three brews: a Belgian style wheat, a dry hopped steam beer, and a Belgian style dark ale. He also had two non alcoholic selections: a ginger flavored kombucha, a fermented beverage thought to be a health elixir, and a lemon lime shrub, a fizzy,
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Another chapter has been written in the story of the close relationship between a Sarnia family and the city’s firefighters.

was 21 long months of work researching and writing, Egan said about his history of the 177 year old Sarnia fire service, published by the Sarnia Historical Society.

am really happy with it, Egan added.

had a fantastic helper with this one. isn’t able to use microfilm readers because of a visual impairment, so he put out a call for help researching the book and retired firefighter Kevin McHarg volunteered.

a much better book because of Kevin, Egan said.

Egan said his family has had an association with the city’s fire service since his sister Francis Egan was killed in a house fire in 1985.

was only 24 and she had just moved into her own apartment in a building without smoke detectors, Egan said.

Following her death, Egan said his father called members of the family together and asked them to do something in her name to support fire prevention.

mounted a smoke alarm drive in the south end of the city, handing out 2,200 copies of an information brochure about the need for smoke detectors, and helped distribute 200 free smoke detectors, Egan said.

then, we campaigned for a smoke alarm bylaw here in Sarnia, which we were able to get enacted by the end of the year, he added.

was 10 years before similar legislation came into being in Ontario. few years later, one of Egan’s brothers saw a story in an Ottawa newspaper about a seven year old boy who rescued his one year old sister from a house fire, using what he learned from firefighters who visited his school.

Egan said the family arranged for that Ottawa program to be introduced in Sarnia with demonstrations at two city schools.

In 1989, after three children died in a city fire, The Observer campaigned for the Get Out Alive program to be used regularly in local schools. It soon was and still in place today, Egan said.

Egan said he learned a great deal while writing the book, including the fact Sarnia would have burned to the ground in 1860s without the help of Port Huron firefighters.

and time again the Port Huron firefighters came to the rescue of Sarnia, he said.

The Michigan city was much larger than Sarnia at the time, and its fire brigades would load steam engines on ferries to cross the St. Clair River to fight fires they saw burning in the neighbouring waterfront community.

It was the beginning of a mutual aid tradition that continues today.

of the first Sarnia fire companies fought its first fire in Port Huron, Egan said.

In the era of wooden houses and oil lamps, fire was a constant hazard.

communities grew up having to rely on each other to survive, Egan said.

During Sarnia’s event at the East Street fire hall, Egan plans to present copies of his book to fire officials from both Sarnia and Point Edward.

Sarnia Fire Rescue will also use the event to introduce its new inflatable fire safety education house to the public.

Egan said another discovery he made was that on the same night of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, the entire Midwest was going through a drought and there were many large fires as heavy winds blew through the region.

describe that as the night America burned, he said.

fact, there was a fire in Port Huron that killed 50. of Sarnia also caught fire that night, Egan said.

was so much smoke going across the river that a schooner and tug collided, because they couldn’t see each other. well as telling the story of the fire service, the book talks about what was going on in the city during those years, Egan said.
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Rediffusion Y has appointed Ulka Chauhan as vice president, new business development and strategic planning. She has worked on various brands such as Burger King, AT Colgate Palmolive, and Sony. She also set up Dekraal Country Lodge, a boutique hotel in the Winelands of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Recently, Chauhan developed and managed Vanilla Kids, an online shop retailing clothing and accessories for kids, in Zurich.

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Commenting on her appointment, Wadia, says, “With over 15 years of experience, (Ulka) Chauhan brings the right mix of talent, experience, and enthusiasm we seek to inject into our talent pool. She will bring further positive changes to our think tank.”

Chauhan, who is quite upbeat about her appointment, says, “What I liked most about working at Y New York was the dynamic work environment. The Mumbai office is equally abuzz and I look forward to the exciting times ahead with (Dhunji) Wadia and the team.”
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) If the state Senate votes in favor of the House ban, any city or town that introduced a plastic bag ban before Jan. 31 would be able to keep that ordinance in place. But towns or cities trying to add one will not be able to. Rich said.Folly Beach passed a plastic bag ban in 2016 so they will not be affected if this new bill passes. Rich, however, said not allowing cities or towns even consider making a change is frustrating.are still a lot of other coastal communities who are just now coming around to seeing the benefits of this, Rich said. the bill, they won be able to, which is really sad for our area. of those towns is Mount Pleasant.On Feb. 13, Town Council voted to move forward with an ordinance to put a ban on some plastic and Styrofoam products. That ban was introduced in the Public Services Committee on Feb. 5 just five days from the deadline under the new bill.Mount Pleasant council is already thinking of what to do if it comes to that.would still have a campaign, and at the end, we may have an ordinance that allowed by the state or we would just have a really good campaign,
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said Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie.The bill passed the House on February 7 with 73 Yeas and 41 Nays.Bill H.3529 reads:A bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Chapter 77 to Title 39 so as to provide that any regulation regarding the use, disposition, sale or any imposition of any prohibition, restriction, fee imposition, or taxation of auxiliary containers must be done only by the General Assembly, to define auxiliary container, to provide for legislative findings, and to provide for exceptions.
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SALT LAKE CITY A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature would allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana to ease their pain.

Rep. Brad Daw, R Orem, has filed House Bill 195, which would allow patients deemed terminally ill by their physician to use medical grade cannabis products.

feel like there’s enough evidence and science to indicate people who are terminally ill, this might be a viable option for them, Rep. Daw said Friday afternoon.

Asked where these patients would get their marijuana, Rep. Daw told FOX 13 he plans to run a companion bill when the session begins next week that allows the Utah Dept. of Agriculture to grow its own marijuana.

for research, he said. that cannabis grow they will be able to distribute to patients. Bishop introduces medical marijuana research bill

The medical marijuana legislation is more narrowly focused than previous bills in the Utah State Legislature that allowed cannabis use for a set list of patients with conditions. Those bills failed to pass and have spawned a citizen ballot initiative.

DJ Schanz of the Utah Patients Coalition, which is running the ballot initiative for medical marijuana, was unimpressed. He said it did not go far enough in offering patients of all kinds relief, nor would it stop their initiative efforts.

ballot initiative supporters aren’t going to be stymied by Brad Daw stall tactics to meaningful and substantive cannabis reform, he said.

The medical marijuana ballot initiative has been racking up a lot of signatures. As of Friday, Schanz said they had 95,000 signatures gathered. The group needs 113,000 in 26 of Utah 29 senate districts by April in order to qualify for the November ballot.
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is exquisite in every way. From the raucous but oh so smooth engine that delivers an addictive hit of performance to the wonderfully immersive transmission and period chassis setup, the Aston has balance, charisma and class that even at this price few cars can match. There’ll be 25 delighted customers salivating at the prospect.

If you’re a multi millionaire wanting the latest plaything you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cars. There are a number of track only hypercar specials with or without hybrid power already in existence.

You could put your deposit down on a new Aston Martin Valkyrie, one of the latest to join the fray. built at Newport Pagnell

‘Brand new’ is a relative term, of course, because while this stunning hand beaten lightweight aluminium body and the mechanicals underneath are a recreation of the marque’s famous racer from 1959, this car was built only last year.

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Continuation cars, as they’re known, are becoming big business. spec.

Legend has it the original 75 strong production run was always meant to extend to 100 units, so these 25 new cars use original, sequential chassis numbers “for an unbroken bloodline,” according to Aston and are built to original ‘Lightweight’ specification well, almost.

As the 25 will all be for track use only (the car we’re driving is registered as a road prototype and we’re the only ones to drive it on the road) there are some safety modifications, including a roll cage, modern bucket seats and harnesses, and a 125 litre fuel cell that’s located inside the single skin imitation aluminium tank in the boot so it still looks original. used a 3.7 litre straight six, Aston has upped displacement to 4.2 litres, which means the DB4 now kicks out 350bhp. Weighing in the region of 1,250kg, performance is astounding.

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With a 0 60mph time of around 6.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 150mph, it’s quick by modern standards, so it must have felt like the Valkyrie of its day in 1959.

That motive force is sent to the five inch wide rear Dunlop crossply racing tyres through a four speed non synchromesh dog gearbox. This means that if you don’t get the throttle ‘blip’ right when going down the box, gears will grind with a horrendously expensive sounding graunch.

Get it right and the process of changing gear is beautifully simple and direct, with no slack. You have to be forceful but delicate, which is a theme that runs throughout. With the three Weber carburettors feeding the twin spark engine’s insatiable appetite for fuel and coughing a heady vapour back into the cabin along with a cacophonous, rounded induction roar, these are sensations you simply don’t get from a modern car.

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A quick dip of the clutch to snick third and the snarl starts again. The engine note hardens from 3,500rpm as it begins to bark, with a solid wall of torque in the mid range thanks to that oversized motor (cast by the same people who make Mercedes’ F1 units). It revs with such linearity that it goads you into holding the throttle open longer and longer only this 1.8 million prototype doesn’t have a rev limiter, so a self imposed insurance policy of 6,000rpm seems about right.

The steering too is rippling with information. This car uses a narrower 15 inch wheel rim (an option in period) but it’s not quick by modern standards. You can guide the DB4’s beautiful nose with a decent level of accuracy, partly muscling the non power assisted setup and partly letting it gently move where it wants, employing that same forcefully delicate balance as with the gearbox. And it will move, as bumpy tarmac does deflect the car off line a little.

However, this is part of the pleasure. The front floats over ripples while the rear pogos a little more, but it’s surprisingly compliant for what amounts to a race car with race car like rose jointed chassis parts to improve the quality of interaction between man and machine.

According to Aston Martin Works MD, Paul Spires, each car takes around 4,500 hours to build and it shows. The detailing is delightful, with Connolly leather lining the seats and transmission tunnel. Aston also got wheel suppliers Borrani to start making the original wire rims again and wouldn’t accept anything less than perfection, while the Smiths gauges and period ‘David Brown’ and ‘Superleggera’ badging mean the car looks deliciously original.
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But for scientists working to develop pressure sensors for artificial skin for use on prosthetic limbs or robots, skin sensitive enough to feel the tickle of fly feet would be a huge advance. Now Stanford researchers have built such a sensor. By sandwiching a precisely molded, highly elastic rubber layer between two parallel electrodes, the team created an electronic sensor that can detect the slightest touch.

“It detects pressures well below the pressure exerted by a 20 milligram bluebottle fly carcass we experimented with, and does so with unprecedented speed,” said Zhenan Bao, an associate professor of chemical engineering who led the research.

The key innovation in the new sensor is the use of a thin film of rubber molded into a grid of tiny pyramids, Bao said. 12 online by Nature Materials.

Previous attempts at building a sensor of this type using a smooth film encountered problems. “So the molecules in the continuous rubber film are forced closer together and become entangled. When pressure is released, they cannot go back to the original arrangement, so the sensor doesn’t work as well.”

“The microstructuring we developed makes the rubber behave more like an ideal spring,” Mannsfeld said. The total thickness of the artificial skin, including the rubber layer and both electrodes, is less than one millimeter.

The speed of compression and rebound of the rubber is critical for the sensor to be able to detect and distinguish between separate touches in quick succession.

The thin rubber film between the two electrodes stores electrical charges, much like a battery. When pressure is exerted on the sensor, the rubber film compresses, which changes the amount of electrical charges the film can store. That change is detected by the electrodes and is what enables the sensor to transmit what it is “feeling.”

The largest sheet of sensors that Bao’s group has produced to date measures about seven centimeters on a side. The sheet exhibited a great deal of flexibility, indicating it should perform well when wrapped around a surface mimicking the curvature of something such as a human hand or the sharp angles of a robotic arm.

Bao said that molding the rubber in different shapes yields sensors that are responsive to different ranges of pressure. “It’s the same as for human skin, which has a whole range of sensitivities,” she said. “Fingertips are the most sensitive,
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The sensors have from several hundred thousand up to 25 million pyramids per square centimeter. Under magnification, the array of tiny structures looks like the product of an ancient Egyptian micro civilization obsessed with order and gone mad with productivity.

But that density allows the sensors to perceive pressures “in the range of a very, very gentle touch,” Bao said. By altering the configuration of the microstructure or the density of the sensors, she thinks the sensor can be refined to detect subtleties in the shape of an object.

“If we can make this in higher resolution, then potentially we should be able to have the image on a coin read by the sensor,” she said. A robotic hand covered with the electronic skin could feel a surface and know rough from smooth.

That degree of sensitivity could make the sensors useful in a broad range of medical applications, including robotic surgery, Bao said. In addition, using bandages equipped with the sensors could aid in healing of wounds and incisions. Doctors could use data from the sensors to be sure the bandages were not too tight.

Automobile safety could also be enhanced. “If there are pressure sensors that can sense that no hands are holding the steering wheel, the car could be equipped with some automatic safety device that could sound an alarm or kick in to slow the car down. This could be simpler and cost less than other methods of detecting driver fatigue.”

The team also invented a new type of transistor in which they used the structured, flexible rubber film to replace a component that is normally rigid in a typical transistor. When pressure is applied to their new transistor, the pressure causes a change in the amount of current that the transistor puts out. The new, flexible transistors could also be used in making artificial skin, Bao said.

As Bao’s team continues its research, the members may find applications not yet considered as well as other ways to demonstrate the sensitivity of their sensors. They have already expanded their stable of insects beyond the bluebottle fly to include some beautiful, delicate looking albeit slightly heavier butterflies.

But if the researchers wanted an even more ethereal demonstration, could the sensors detect the bubbles rising in a glass of champagne?

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As Dan Lambert traveled from Saskatchewan to San Diego to Germany during his 23 years as a hockey player, he paid attention to the coaches he encountered. With 13 teams, six leagues and four countries on his resume, he came across impressive men, incapable assistants and the wide range in between.

“I learned from all the great coaches that I’ve had,” he said, “and some not so great. I learned from them maybe even more so.”

Of the many positive influences, the first name that came to Lambert’s mind was a familiar one. John Van Boxmeer, a Buffalo scout and former Sabres defenseman and associate coach, was Lambert’s coach for four seasons in the International Hockey League.

“He taught me how to get the most out of a player,” Lambert said. “I thought that was one thing ‘Boxy’ did every season. Players that played for him had big seasons. He was demanding, yet very fair, and I learned a lot from that.

“At times I didn’t like the way he coached, but I know that my best seasons ever were playing for him.”

Indeed, with 73 goals and 283 points in 283 games under Van Boxmeer, the high scoring defenseman flourished. Now, 21 years after Van Boxmeer last coached the Rochester Americans, Lambert is stepping into the same role.

His goal is teach the Sabres’ prospects as much as Van Boxmeer taught him.

“My job is going to be to push these young men to a place where they believe they want to go to, and that’s the NHL,” Lambert said. “If I can do that, I think it’s going to be the most rewarding job I could ever do.”

The 46 year old is starting the players on their journey at Buffalo’s weeklong development camp. He is the lead man in HarborCenter, a welcome change from last year’s event. The Sabres had just hired him as Dan Bylsma’s third assistant when the NHL hopefuls arrived in July 2015.

“Last year I was more of a passenger, so it’s been very good,” he said. “I have to be a little bit more in control and I don’t want to say running the show but certainly be more active with it.”

His voice, which carries a slight French accent from his native Manitoba, has been instructing players during drills and offering advice during one on ones. He’ll continue the talks in September during his first season on the Amerks’ bench. The Sabres hired him for a one year apprenticeship under Bylsma with the condition he take over in Rochester the following season.

The year in Buffalo allowed Lambert to build relationships in the organization and learn how to coach professionals. His prior experience was at the junior level, five years as an assistant and one year as the head man for Kelowna of the Western Hockey League, and the NHL and American Hockey League are wildly different.

“At the junior level often you’re more of a father figure, disciplinarian,” Lambert said. “At the NHL level, you’re dealing with men,
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so you have to remember when they leave the rink a lot of them are going home to families and they don’t need to be catered to or looked after.

“I’d like to think that I’ve grown a lot. Watching and working with Dan” and fellow assistants Terry Murray and Dave Barr, “I think I learned a ton, just the way everything was handled. I believe I’m a better coach today than I was a year ago.”

If so, the organization should have a promising future. During his only season as bench boss, Lambert went 53 13 6 to lead Kelowna into the Memorial Cup.

“He likes everyone to be on the same page and play as a unit,” said Sabres prospect Devante Stephens, who played on the Kelowna team. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s a great coach, and I really liked playing under him.”

The word “detailed” has come up in conversations with players, but Lambert doesn’t want to be labeled as a strict X’s and O’s guy. He was a freewheeling defenseman who put up 130 points in 69 games in 1989 to lead Swift Current to the Memorial Cup. He knows players need creativity to excel.

“Certainly the details have to be there, with some freedom as well,” Lambert said.

As he gets into the season and winning streaks or slumps arise, Lambert will refer back to the mental notes he took while playing for Quebec in the NHL, Halifax and Moncton in the AHL, Fort Wayne, San Diego, Los Angeles and Long Beach in the IHL, Helsinki in the Finnish league and Cologne, Krefeld, Hamburg and Hannover of the German league.

“As a player I was often a captain and leader of the team,” he said. “It’s not like I was a guy who was the quietest guy in the room playing and all of a sudden it was like, ‘Oh, I want to be a coach.’ I feel like I was always trying to put myself in the coach’s mind: ‘What would I do in this situation? This is how he handled it. How would I have handled it?'”

Now that Lambert is in charge, he wants to get a handle on winning.

“I truly believe that you’ve got to win to develop the right way,” he said. “If you are in the minors and you just get used to losing, it’s like anything else, you do get used to it. I think it is important to win.

“Now, what does winning mean? Does it mean that you win the championship? Not necessarily, but you have a winning attitude and winning surroundings and guys get that feeling of, ‘It’s not OK to just show up and not give your best effort.’ I think all those intertwine. If you play the right way, you will win the majority of your games, for sure.”
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