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Prep Sports Roundup: 8/23

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first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrep FootballSALINA, Utah-Gavin Brown completed 11 of 14 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns and the Richfield Wildcats outlasted the North Sevier Wolves 25-20 Friday in non-region football action. Brittyn Riddle (25 touches, 171 scrimmage yards, 3 rec TD’s) led the Wildcats as well in the win. With North Sevier leading 14-13, Richfield took the lead for good by converting a 1st and Goal from the Wolves’ 41-yard line, while Brown hit Ethan Udy for the score to give Richfield a lead they would not relinquish.Taylor Crane completed 17 of 28 passes for 221 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception in defeat for the Wolves. Gabe Wilcox had 12 carries for 75 yards and Hunter Higgs amassed 7 receptions for 141 yards and a score for the Wolves in defeat.Richfield next faces Payson August 30 at home and North Sevier visits Coalville to face North Summit August 30.RANDOLPH, Utah-Sam Orton tossed for four touchdown passes and added a 22-yard touchdown run as the Kanab Cowboys downed the Rich Rebels 40-0 in non-region football action Friday. Karson Blomquist added a 19-yard touchdown run for the Cowboys.NEPHI, Utah-Zac Cowan threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Juab Wasps bested the Cedar City Reds 34-26 Friday in non-region football action. Cade Bowring had touchdown runs of 7 and 3 yards for the Wasps as well in the victory.MONROE, Utah-Matt Bowler returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown and Ryan Moody returned an interception 20 yards for another score as the Enterprise Wolves downed South Sevier 21-14 in non-region football action Friday. Jaxin Torgerson had scoring runs of 1 and 35 yards in the loss for the Rams.FILLMORE, Utah-Brooks Myers threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores as the Millard Eagles pounded Judge Memorial 46-0 Friday in non-region football action. Austin Burraston and KC Whitaker also ran for touchdowns in the win for the Eagles.GUNNISON, Utah-Bryson Barnes threw five touchdown passes and the Milford Tigers routed the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs 46-8 in non-region football action Friday. Gage Griffiths added a 3-yard touchdown run in the loss for the Tigers. Carson Yardley had a touchdown run for the Bulldogs in defeat.CASTLE DALE, Utah-Payton Clawson, Connor Jorgensen, Landon Bowles and Parker Lee each ran for touchdowns and the North Sanpete Hawks smacked Emery 43-6 Friday in non-region football action. Bowles also threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Kaden Taylor in the win for the Hawks and Lee added a 23-yard fumble recovery for a score for North Sanpete.MANTI, Utah-Jax Parry threw two touchdown passes and Ryker Hewko threw a touchdown pass, ran for a touchdown and caught a pass for another score as the Manti Templars drubbed Class 5-A Payson 41-22 in non-region football action Friday. Keenan Moulton added another score on a blocked kick and Tyler Taukeiaho had a 39-yard touchdown run for the Templars.BEAVER, Utah-Ryker Albrecht had a pair of scoring runs and Kaleb Barney ran for a score while returning an interception for another touchdown as the Beaver Beavers smacked the Delta Rabbits 40-0 Friday in non-region football action. Alex Hollingshead tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Porter Albrecht and McCoy Smith added a 6-yard touchdown run for the Beavers.Baseball1A South RegionPRICE, Utah-The Wayne Badgers put up 11 runs in the top of the 1st inning and cruised from there with a 17-4 win over Pinnacle in 1A South Region baseball action Friday.JUNCTION, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes won a pitcher’s dual over Piute, 3-2 in 1A South Region baseball action Friday.PANGUITCH, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to seal the deal in a 16-3 win over Bryce Valley in 1A South Region baseball action Friday.VolleyballNon-RegionALTAMONT, Utah-The Altamont Longhorns swept the Wayne Badgers, 3-0 in non-region volleyball action Friday. Altamont won 25-14, 25-13, 25-14.TABIONA, Utah-Tabiona topped Wayne 3-0, 25-11, 25-13, 25-14, in non-region volleyball action Saturday. Brad James Tags: Brittyn Riddle/Ethan Udy/Gabe Wilcox/Gavin Brown/Hunter Higgs/North Summit/Payson/Taylor Crane August 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 8/23last_img read more

Azeri, Maltese Armed Forces Visit Italian San Marco Brigade

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first_img Share this article Authorities November 5, 2014 Azeri, Maltese Armed Forces Visit Italian San Marco Brigade View post tag: forces View post tag: Armed View post tag: Naval View post tag: europe View post tag: Maltese View post tag: San Marco Brigade Back to overview,Home naval-today Azeri, Maltese Armed Forces Visit Italian San Marco Brigade View post tag: Italian Navy View post tag: Visit View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy During the last week of October two delegations respectively from the Azeri and Maltese armed forces visited the Italian Navy San Marco Brigade.According to the programme, the two delegations were offered practical demonstrations of training modules, such as virtual polygon, fast rope descent from the daredevils tower, climbing on an artificial cliff and personal defence; then paid a visit to the exhibitions held at the armoury, the landing craft, and the motorized corps of the Brigade.After the visit, the delegations could watch the 1st and 2nd Regiment training activities which included a simulated attack to the coast with an AAV-7 (Assault Amphibious Vehicle) and RIB (Rigid-Inflatable Boat); activities with an LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle), and target shooting during boarding operations on suspect vessels.At the end, the delegations met the commanding officer of Battaglione Scuole Caorle, to consider the possibility to start a shared training programme with the Italian Brigade in order to improve their operational skills.Press release, Image: Italian Navy View post tag: Azerilast_img read more

Full List of New Year’s Eve Events

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first_imgFollowing is the entertainment lineup for Ocean City’s “First Night” celebration to ring in 2020. For the starting time of each show, visit http://www.firstnightocnj.com/schedule.aspxOCEAN CITY MUSIC PIERTHE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE – Want to experience the Franklin Institute’s brand of interactive science right here in Ocean City? Experience the magic of science with the Franklin Institute’s high-energy, family-friendly and energetic Traveling Science Shows. Live science shows are some of the best ways for people to see experiments and demonstrations of how science impacts our everyday lives.DISNEY’S IMAGINATION MOVERS – The Emmy Award-winning Imagination Movers bring their interactive, family-friendly rock concert to the Ocean City Music Pier for First Night 2020. Get ready for some high-flying toilet paper, ginormous balloons, vortex cannons, streamers and music, music, music. You’ll hear all your favs – like “Jump Up & Brainstorming” – and some new songs, too. This concert promises to be an amazing, interactive concert the whole family can enjoy.THE TRAMMPS – Philadelphia’s disco band the Trammps will headline the Music Pier. The band’s first major success was with their 1972 cover version of “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart.” The first disco track they released was “Love Epidemic” in 1973. However, they are best known for their Grammy winning song, “Disco Inferno,” originally released in 1976, becoming a U.K. pop hit and U.S. R&B hit. After inclusion in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, the song was re-released in 1978 and became another hit.For those who remember the Trammps and for others who never heard them perform, get ready for a show. (Photo Courtesy City of Ocean City)OCEAN CITY SPORTS AND CIVIC CENTERINFLATABLES – Visit our indoor carnival with giant inflatables.THE LEGACY BAND – With over 20 years of combined experience in the music industry, LEGACY delivers the hottest party package in the Tri-State Area and beyond. This 9-piece professional lineup packs a high-energy, feel-great punch of a performance to keep the dance floor packed at any type of event. From party classics to the top hits of today, the band carries out the legacy of the most popular dance music throughout the decades, captivating an audience of any age.OCEAN CITY SPORTS AND CIVIC CENTER OUTSIDE BASKETBALL COURTICE RINK – The best synthetic ice-skating rink surface in the world. Skates are supplied for this 40’x88’ rink. Come join this winter wonderland fun as a DJ spins the hits of yesterday and today.GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIERBOARDWALK RIDES – Amusement rides with the family in mind. Fun for everyone. Rides will be open 5-9 p.m.OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUMHARLEM WIZARDS – A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town. The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit for an evening of great fun that will ring in 2020 with variety of fun, dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways and more.HEGEMAN STRING BAND – A 10-time champion string band brings a unique style and sound to Philadelphia’s Broad Street on New Year’s Day and to performances year-round. With more than 40 members, Hegeman is committed to bringing music and entertainment to people of all ages.HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (OCHS Auditorium)“ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S ‘WE ARE IN PLAY’ ” – Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books. The Ocean City Theatre Company production will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long. In Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play,” Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure that is perfect for young audiences.“LET’S ROCK”: A FULLY STAGED TRIBUTE TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL – This rock-and-roll theatrical experience features a live band, lighting, costumes, dancers and spectacular choreography. Audience members will be transported back in time as they celebrate the music of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Musicians, singers and dancers will rock the Hughes PAC with classic rock anthems that will have you dancing in your seats. A perfect way to bring 2019 to a rockin’ end.AUXILIARY GYM OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLCHAD JUROS MAGICIAN – Chad Juros is an award-winning magician who has been honored to share his magic with audiences around the world for over 20 years.Chad has brought his talents to such places at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, the Island of Aruba and numerous regions in Canada. You may have also seen Chad on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the CW Network’s “Penn & Teller FOOL US” and A&E’s “Criss Angel Mindfreak.” Chad is one of the longest-running entertainers at Ocean City’s First Night is honored to bring his magic back year after year.Magician Chad Juros has a few tricks up his sleeve in this 2019 act. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)COMMUNITY ROOM OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLANDREW HINK – A lifelong pianist and singer-songwriter, Hink is an Ocean City native and University of the Arts graduate. In March 2018, Hink debuted his first full-length original musical The Shoobie Show, which is about life by the beach and boardwalk. As 2019 draws to a close, enjoy the sounds of all 88 piano keys through the years. Come see live piano classics such as Chopin’s “Fantasie-Impromptu,” “The Entertainer, the “Super Mario” theme, plus originals and more.ROBIN GAZZARA – This 30-year-old singer-songwriter hails from South Jersey. Touring the country from the ages of 18 to 22, she has performed piano/guitar/vocals with the bands I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business and Ace Enders and a Million Different People, and shared the stage with bands such as Angels and Airwaves, Copeland, Cute Is What We Aim For, Steel Train and many more.Starting her songwriting career at 14, Gazzara’s song “Identity” was featured on The Early November’s “Friends of the Early November” CD that was sold worldwide. Following that release, she fronted a band named OneTwoThreeFour before taking the road as a touring musician.She has been performing locally at venues all over the South Jersey, mixing covers of current songs to classics, while also operating the Robin Gazzara Music Studio.ORIGINAIRE – Entwining soulful strings with sweetly blended male/female vocals, Originaire captivates audiences with heartfelt original songs performed with engaging chemistry and seamless musical precision. Originaire keeps an audience captivated from the first note to the last and leaves them wanting more.CAFETERIA OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLKARAOKE PARTY – You sing the hits as Center Stage Entertainment brings their top-of-the-line karaoke set up to the high school cafeteria. Free and fun for the entire family. Join up with friends to belt out your favorite songs or just come be entertained by the karaoke singers or by the lively “KJ,” who will play dance favorites in between song selections.OBSERVATORY OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOLOCHS OBSERVATORY – View the stars through the 700-times magnification telescope. Please note this is weather-permitting.OCEAN CITY PRIMARY SCHOOLILLUSIONIST ANTHONY SALAZAR – Back by popular demand, Salazar presents an exciting show geared for the family audience. Witness amazing illusions choreographed to high-energy music, and a carefully blended combination of magic, comedy, dance, mind-reading, and audience participation that will leave you breathless.THE PHILLY KEYS DUELING PIANOS – Bringing you all the fun and good vibes of the dueling piano mentality with song requests, sing-along favorites, crowd participation, and great musicianship, this new concept is revolutionizing weddings, corporate events and private parties. The Philly Keys are leading musicians in the Tri-State area.The Ocean City Tabernacle will host events to ring in the new year.OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE AUDITORIUMTHE DUPREES WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS – The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. They have made a career out of giving new life to old hits. Starting out in the early 1960s in Jersey City, The Duprees were discovered by George Paxton of Coed Records.Impressed with their smooth vocal quality, he had them record Jo Stafford’s 1950’s ballad “You Belong To Me” with big band arrangements. It was an instant national hit and the group’s first million seller. Backed by our professional Ocean City Pops Orchestra, this show will have you singing and dancing into 2020.HYMN SING – Sing in the New Year with a joyful time of praise and worship accompanied by the Tabernacle’s own Carolyn Lothian on piano and Jeff Seals on organ. This musical First Night stop is sure to lift your spirits and put a song in your heart.OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE YOUTH CENTERTHE BEACH STRUMS – This ukulele group is going to demonstrate the versatility of the ukulele by playing songs from the Hawaiian Islands to Vaudeville, as well as popular American standards and selections from the Doo-Wop era. The program will consist of vocals and instrumentals. During parts of the performance, the group will encourage audience participation.ST. PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SANCTUARYTHE CAPE SHORE CHORALE – Founded in 2005, the Chorale has approximately 50 dedicated volunteer singers from Atlantic and Cape May counties. Their repertoire includes both secular and sacred music. In addition to annual winter and spring performances, the Chorale has performed with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, at First Night Events in Ocean City and in many other local venues.Since its inception, the Cape Shore Chorale has been under the direction of Scott J. Breiner, one of the most respected musicians in South Jersey. The Chorale rehearses regularly at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City. Their First Night presentation is entitled “American Classics: Cole Porter/Gershwin/Hoagy Carmichael.”THE MEN OF BROADWAY II – The men of the Ocean City Theatre Company will return after last year’s hit show. Be wowed by the sounds of Broadway as leading men perform classic selections by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, Webber, as well as contemporary selections from today’s hottest Broadway shows.ST. PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH’S STAINTON ROOMJOHN PIZZI, VENTRILOQUIST – One of the hottest rising comics in the entertainment industry, Pizzi has brought his unique brand of family-friendly comedy to audiences around the country! You may remember him from Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent.” He was an opening act for entertainers like Jerry Vale, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Joy Behar, Weird Al Yankovic, The Trammps, The Regents, Al Martino, Clint Holmes and many more. He also has been a national headliner at comedy clubs, resorts, colleges, and theaters across the United States.OCEAN CITY AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTERPOOL OPEN – It is open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center’s 25-meter indoor pool.The Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. will host several events and activities.OCEAN CITY LIBRARY LECTURE HALLOCEAN CITY HISTORY – Learn about the early history of Ocean City: as a whaling waypoint, a part of the Lenni-Lenape way of life and a home to the first settlers. The lecture includes a presentation on the U.S. Lifesaving Station No 30.THE TESTOSTERTONES – This vocal group hails from St. Augustine Preparatory School under the direction of Mr. Matthew Wolf. The all-male a cappella ensemble is in its fifth year and has performed and competed in various events across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including many events here in Ocean City. The TestosterTone’s repertoire features strictly a cappella music with an emphasis on contemporary music.QUIZZO LIVE TEAM TRIVIA – Quizzo is a 7-round, 70-question trivia contest between teams. The game rounds include General Knowledge, Celebrity Picture Identification, Sports, Geography/ History, Entertainment and a Bonus round. Teams can guess (they don’t lose points) and they can choose to double the point value in a single round by using the “Joker.” Spelling does not count and the only rules are no cheating (using phones etc) and never call out the answer.OCEAN CITY LIBRARY CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY ROOMSTORYTELLING – Laura Kaighn of Lady Hawke Storytelling will be sharing stories of celebration, peace and promise. Perfect for the young and young at heart.OCEAN CITY COMMUNITY CENTER ATRIUMDJ AND FUN – Celebrate the end of 2019 with a dancing, crafts/activities and family fun in the atrium.OCEAN CITY SENIOR CENTERDAN CAIN MENTALIST – Cain has specialized in the art of mentalism for over a decade. He is the only person in the history of mentalism to predict the winner, final score and specific highlights of Super Bowl 46 — three months before the game.There will be some country line dancing at First Night 2020.COUNTRY LINE DANCE EXPERIENCE – Have a boot-scootin’ fun time with our interactive country line dance experience. The evening will feature country music and professional country line dancers who will teach everyone the hottest country line dances.OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM – The mission of the Ocean City Historical Museum, Inc. is to delight, inspire and educate the public about the story of Ocean City and to collect, preserve and promote items relevant to its heritage, traditions and memories. Come visit, explore and learn.OCEAN CITY LIFE SAVING STATION – First Night attendees will get an opportunity to visit the newly restored U.S. Life Saving Station 30 at the intersection of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.The station operated in Ocean City from 1885 to 1915 as part of the U.S. Life Saving Service, a precursor to the modern Coast Guard.Lifesaving stations up and down the U.S. coast were positioned not only to rescue ships and sailors in distress but to serve as places of shelter and medical clinics on shorelines that were often sparsely inhabited and remote.They were staffed with men whose motto was, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”The Ocean City station will become a living history museum that will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like there in 1905. The Ocean City Music Pier will light up with an array of entertainment.last_img read more

Maison Blanc revamp results in return to profit

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first_imgFollowing a huge overhaul of the French boulangerie and patisserie chain, Maison Blanc’s 14 shops are now positioned for the growth of the brand planned over the next three years.Maison Blanc co-founder Raymond Blanc told British Baker that the chain was “in the midst of huge changes”, but was back on track to deliver the authenticity of its brand values, with the business now returning to profit.The firm was bought by Kuwait-based Kout Food Group Company (KFG) in October 2007, having previously been owned by bakery group Lyndale. KFG UK was keen to go back to the original concept and values created by Blanc, who returned to the fold one year ago to spearhead a relaunch of the chain, which he founded with his wife, Jenny, in 1981.The financial model has been reworked, new staff have been brought in and it has invested heavily in training, said KFG’s chief operating officer Simon Wilkinson. The patisserie range has been taken from 120 to around 16 core products, and two seasonal patisserie products will be launched, three times a year. Its patisserie launches for spring are: Earl Grey Citron Chocolate Tart and Gariguette Strawberry and Cream with marshmallow. Wilkinson, who has been working with Blanc for the last eight months, said the firm would also expand the cake and patisserie range it supplies to Waitrose.Maison Blanc had previously bought in a lot of bread products from France, but now the bakery produces all its own loaves, explained Wilkinson, adding that it had a three-year strategy for its bread, patisserie and menus.Although there are also plans for more shops, the location and time has to be just right, he said. “We have identified around 30-40 potential locations, but we don’t want to compromise the quality.”last_img read more

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VTFCU President/CEO Elected to Board of Director’s of America’s Credit Union Museum

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first_imgVTFCU President/CEO Elected to Board of Director’s of America’s Credit Union MuseumBURLINGTON, VT-Joseph M. Finnigan, President/CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union was recently named to the Board of Directors of Americas Credit Union Museum in Manchester, New Hampshire. The mission of Americas Credit Union Museum is to commemorate the founders and the site of Americas first credit union in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1908 and to educate present and future generations on the benefits of cooperative self-help efforts to promote thrift and sensible use of credit. Joseph Finnigan is embarking on his 28th year with Vermont Federal Credit Union. He is serving his 2nd term as Chair of the Board of Directors for TriCorp Federal Credit Union. He was appointed to the National Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC) Board of Trustees. He has been active on various community boards including the Vermont Childrens Aid Society, the Jimmy Fund Council, through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Y Time Childrens Center. Joe is a graduate of Northeastern University, and resides in South Burlington, VT with his wife Sue.###last_img read more

Sales tax affect on Vermont retail versus New Hampshire

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first_imgInflation Adjusted Border CountyRetail Sales Per Capita$0$2,000 Art WoolfJanuary 5, 2006 Executive Summary Thisstudy analyzes the long term impacts of public policy choices made in Vermontmore than thirty years ago on the retail sector of the Vermontand New Hampshire economies alongthe Connecticut River. It concludes that three policy initiatives enacted between 1969 and1971the sales tax, bottle deposit law and Act 250 have led to a hollowingout of Vermonts retail sectoralong the Connecticut River.  Although it is likely that the sales tax hashad the most important effect, the study cannot separate out the individualeffects of the three policies. v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}Executive Summary Arthur Woolf Timothy McQuiston 2 1 2006-01-11T15:41:00Z 2006-01-16T21:11:00Z 2006-01-16T21:11:00Z 1 426 2434 UVM 20 5 2855 10.2625 Print 85 Clean MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}Taxes, Public Policies, and Retailing: TheImpactof Thirty-Five Years of ChoicesAlongthe Connecticut River ·          In the years before Vermontimplemented these policies, per capita retail sales activity in Vermontsborder counties (Essex, Caledonia, Orange,Windsor, and Windham) was equal tothat in the New Hampshirecounties bordering the Connecticut River. Themajor findings of the study are:last_img read more

State of Vermont announces downtown revitalization awards

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first_imgBristolBristol Downtown Community PartnershipBest Building Renovation:Holly HallThe renovation and restoration of Holley Hall has accomplished preserving a significant building in the heart of Bristol. The building provides services and cultural opportunities to local citizens. The renovation was undertaken with several sources of funds, including: Voter Approved Bond (December 8, 2009): $750,000, Peverill Peake Bequest for Holley Hall $59,000, Community Development Accessibility Grant $50,000 ,Voter Accessibility Grant $7,000 Total: $866,000. The Vermont Downtown program is an economic development program targeting Vermont’s historic commercial districts. Staff members provide technical support and training to Vermont communities that have expressed a grass roots commitment to revitalizing their traditional business districts using a comprehensive strategy based on historic preservation and developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.Community & OrganizationAward Name & CategoryAward Description MiddleburyBetter Middlebury PartnershipBest Public/Private Partnership:The Cross Street BridgeThe very conception and planning of the bridge project was all about improving the vitality of downtown.  Middlebury planned for an in-town bridge to both accommodate regional traffic and provide improved access to downtown parking, to open up downtown development sites, and enhance downtown vitality between neighborhoods and downtown. The financing of the project ‘ with local business option taxes and college contributions this demonstrates strong inter-organizational relationships. At a time of significant economic recession, this project provided an enormous local stimulus to 25 Middlebury and Addison businesses. The college pledged to make annual payments of $600,000 on the 30-year bond. The Town voted a 1 percent local option, which generated an approximately equal annual amount ‘ so that the project could be funded entirely without any state or federal dollars. MontpelierMontpelier AliveBest Retail Campaign:Meet Me in Montpelier!The Montpelier Business Association (MBA)’a committee of Montpelier Alive’initiated a unique and well-received cooperative advertising campaign called ‘Meet Me in Montpelier’ with twelve businesses taking part. While each ad displayed the ‘Meet Me in Montpelier’ tag and the ads had a similar look, the photos and descriptions gave each business its own identity and story. The ads were personal, humorous, and an innovative way to tell the public about the unique contributions each business makes to Montpelier’s lively downtown. HardwickBest Economic Restructuring Story:The Larry Hamel’s Centennial HouseIn 2008 Larry Hamel took the leap and purchased the long-vacant property. As proprietor of Cornerstone Restoration, Larry not only managed the financing of the project, but also donned his tool belt and spent the next two years at work on the job site. In December 2010, Larry hosted an open house at the Hardwick Inn. Community members toured the building to view new professional offices, retail spaces and meeting rooms. For many of the visitors that evening, the highlight of the event was the opportunity to ascend the fully restored grand staircase. MiddleburyThe Better Middlebury PartnershipBest Public Improvement:The Cross Street BridgeThe last time the Town Of Middlebury constructed a bridge downtown, Benjamin Harrison was president and Thomas Edison took out a patent on something calling a motion picture camera. One hundred and nineteen years later, Middlebury finally gets a second downtown bridge, a majestic structure spanning the Otter Creek that will relieve traffic.The quality of streetscape improvements, designed for pedestrian and bicycle safety, transit stop and delivery vehicle accommodations critical to downtown businesses. The project also includes improved downtown public parking, a roundabout that creates a space for future centerpiece / monument, and LED lighting fixtures, granite curbing, durable epoxy-imprint crosswalks, bridge pedestrian overlooks, extensive street tree and island planting, and a new gateway to downtown. WaterburyRevitalizing WaterburyBest Special Event:Art of ActionRevitalizing Waterbury (RW) hosted the Art of Action (AOA) Artists Choice Tour in April 2010. RW organized an AOA Waterbury schedule that included 12 distinct events, the participation of nine community organizations/boards/businesses, and 28 open exhibition hours.  Approximately 650 people attended the exhibition over the course of 12 days , including 340 Thatcher Brook Primary School students.  center_img NewportNewport City Renaissance CorporationBest Image Campaign:Genuine By NatureNewport City Renaissance Corporation was awarded a USDA-Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant for marketing in June 2010, and they set out to work on branding Newport and designing a logo that would be used in all marketing efforts. Working with marketing professionals from local businesses and volunteers for Newport City Renaissance Corporation’s Promotion Committee an agreement was made with Jay Peak Resort to contract for marketing services that included graphic and electronic marketing services. A branding document and logo were created in November 2010. Newport’s brand statement plays to its assets: ‘Newport. Genuine by Nature.’  NCRC started re-designing its website and designing ads in both English and French. St. JohnsburySt. Johnsbury Chamber of CommerceMain Street Manager of the Year:Katrina MeigsKatrina Meigs has restored the Main Street Approach focus to downtown St. Johnsbury.  Katrina completed an audio podcast of St. Johnsbury’s historic walking tour, and is now working on translating this into several different languages.  She has implemented a new program, Youth on Main Street (YOMS), and has mentored a local student who is working with YOMS as part of her Capstone project required for graduation.  Katrina has helped expand the St. Johnsbury Chamber’s membership base 30 percent in the last year.  Vermont’s best downtown revitalization projects of 2010 were recognized at the annual Vermont Green Mountain Awards Ceremony last week at the Vermont Preservation and Downtown Conference in Poultney.  The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development recognized nine downtown revitalization projects, one outstanding volunteer and five National Accredited Main Street Communities at the annual conference at Green Mountain College on Friday. ‘These Vermont communities demonstrate an exceptional level of dedication,’ said Lawrence Miller, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. ‘Vibrant downtowns are vital to Vermont’s economy, and the downtown awards recognize the towns, cities and volunteers that help make Vermont a better place to live and work.’   The Green Mountain Awards honor the achievements, people and projects of non-profit downtown revitalization groups throughout Vermont. This year’s award ceremony honored revitalization projects in Brattleboro, Bristol, Hardwick, Montpelier, Newport, Rutland, St. Johnsbury and Waterbury. Award nominees must be located within a Designated Vermont Downtown or Village Center, and may be nominated by any individual or entity. This year’s conference theme was ‘Why are our Downtowns Important,’ which highlighted the cultural, economic, and social impacts downtowns have on Vermont. In 2010 alone, the state’s 23 Designated Downtowns attracted 24 new businesses, created 118 new jobs and made an impact of more than $35 million in both public and private investments. Also this year, The Vermont Downtown Program announced five downtowns to achieve the distinction of becoming Nationally Accredited Main Street Communities.  The five Vermont Nationally Accredited Main Street Communities are Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Newport and St. Albans. Each of these communities set themselves apart from the rest based on a 10-point criteria and final approval by the National Main Street Center in Washington, DC.  ‘The five Vermont communities recognized at the national level have shown broad-based community support for the commercial district revitalization process, with strong support from both the public and private sectors,’ said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Housing and Community Development.  ‘These centers have developed a vision and mission statement relevant to their community and possess a strong historic preservation ethic.’ RutlandRutland Downtown PartnershipBest New Business:Roots!Roots Restaurant has become a localvore hotspot in Downtown Rutland, featuring the finest, freshest, locally sourced ingredients that region has to offer.  The owners of Roots Restaurant have created a unique network of local food providers in the Rutland area.Along with the addition of 30 new employees to the downtown, Roots is helping The Downtown Rutland Partnership advance the goals of their market study, ‘Downtown Rutland should strive to become a national model for promoting the link between farms and food’ -promoting the city’s brand ‘Connected Naturally.’  BrattleboroBuilding a Better BrattleboroVolunteer of the Year:Bob StevensBob Stevens is the principal of Stevens & Associates an Engineering, Planning and landscape architectural firm presently located in downtown Brattleboro. Not only has Bob lent his professional training and that of his staff to the downtown revitalization mission but he more recently purchased an historic downtown property and renovated the building in keeping with the historic character of the downtown. He also relocated his business and staff to the upper levels of the building, making a needed contribution to the economic vitality of downtown Brattleboro. Bob currently serves the organization as the Design Committee chair, as well as on the Executive Committee, in the role of Vice President of the Board of Directors. His understanding of the importance of downtown, the Main Street model and his commitment to seeing things happen through leadership, action and involvement is unprecedented.   Bob was one of the first on the scene at the recent fire at the Brooks House in Brattleboro and it was Bob’s expertise and wisdom that convinced officials not to tear down a remarkable, land mark building in downtown..last_img read more

Obama Gets “Every Kid in a Park”

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first_imgAs a magazine whose motto is go outside and play, it should come as no surprise that we are huge fans of a recently launched initiative that gets every fourth-grader in a national park.The program, which Obama put into effect today, provides free admission into national parks (as well as other federal lands and waters) for fourth-graders and their families for an entire year. The campaign also helps to kick off the new designation of three national monuments in Illinois, Colorado, and Hawaii.There have been multiple studies done that prove the positive effects nature can have on a child’s development, especially in the early years when traits like problem-solving and conflict management are just beginning to take shape. If you haven’t read our travel editor’s recent article on why we all, kids and adults alike, should spend more time outside, check it out here.It’s an important topic, especially given how much time we all spend with screens in front of our faces. From eyesight degradation to “text neck” to the fact that kids these days just aren’t bored enough, a government-supported plan to get more youth outside sounds like a long-overdue campaign, but one we’d rather have late than never.To read more about the initiative, read this article from the Washington Post or check out the National Park Foundation‘s website.And then, do yourself (and your kids) a favor — go outside and play.last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Provides Equipment to Peruvian Volunteer Firefighters

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first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo March 20, 2020 U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) delivered 170 sets of safety equipment, valued at $483,000, to 34 rural companies of the General Corps of Volunteer Firefighters of Peru (CGBVP, in Spanish), on February 11, 2020.“This is a very important donation, because in the last seven years we haven’t been able to acquire equipment to protect our firefighters; our equipment in use is second hand,” Brigadier General Larry Finch, CGBVP commander, told Diálogo. “This equipment is new and complies with all international safety regulations. Now we will send five full-body safety suits to each company, so the group in service will be able to tend to every emergency with less risk.”Brigadier General Larry Lynch (C), commander of the General Corps of Volunteer Firefighters of Peru, inspects the SOUTHCOM-donated equipment, together with U.S. Embassy Minister Counselor Denison Offutt (R). (Photo: General Corps of Volunteer Firefighters of Peru)SOUTHCOM’s help arrived just in time, as several brigades lost equipment and vehicles due to recent harsh weather conditions. “The Kitamayo River in Pisac, Cusco, overflowed on February 7. The water swept away everything from the emergency response location. Our suits and vehicles were left inoperable, among the debris that the current left behind,” Major Fabián Achancaray, head of the Pisac Firefighting Company, told Diálogo. “But our firefighters ignored their flooded base and went out to help more than 400 people that the destructive flood had affected.”Firefighters use the valuable donated equipment on a daily basis. “Suits have a five-year life span. After that time, they lose their gas, smoke, and flame resistance. But some companies couldn’t change them for more than 10 years; we continue to use them because that’s the only option we have,” Colonel Luis Antonio Ponce, national superintendent of Peru’s Firefighters, told Diálogo. “In January alone, we responded to almost 9,000 emergencies related to fires, gas leaks, short circuits, flammable substance leaks, and rescues. You can imagine the wear and tear.”Between 2016 and 2017, SOUTHCOM donated safety equipment through HAP for the fire stations in Callao, Chosica, and Santa Anita, and the Santiago de Surco district in Lima.“We are grateful to SOUTHCOM for this equipment, thanks to a partnership that’s very strong and dates back many years. They provide constant support, with training that diversifies our knowledge,” said Brig. Gen. Lynch. “One of the areas where they help us the most is in search and rescue techniques, as the Andean region is prone to floods and mudslides in winter.”The Peruvian Firefighters Corps estimates that SOUTHCOM has trained more than 1,000 volunteers in the country in the last five years. SOUTHCOM also supports the construction and provision of equipment for the Disaster Risk Management complexes in San Martín, Huánuco, and La Libertad departments. Each of them has a Regional Emergency Operations Center, a Regional Warehouse for Disasters, and a Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Training Center. The Peruvian National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI, in Spanish) estimates that the investment in each complex is about $1.5 million.“The complexes are highly operational to confront major challenges. Disasters such as earthquakes, torrential rain, floods, or mudslides affect commercial activities and block communication routes,” said Col. Ponce.“We have come to support Peru in emergencies such as those caused by El Niño Costero in 2017, and we’ve provided medical assistance with four deployments of the hospital ship USNS Comfort, working together with the Peruvian government for the well-being of Peruvian communities,” Denison Offutt, minister counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Peru, told the press. “We are certain that these humanitarian assistance activities will continue and will contribute to reinforcing the solid bonds of friendship and cooperation that join Peru and the United States.”SOUTHCOM’s HAP has been developing projects and humanitarian support with state ministries, regional governments, and INDECI since 2006. The U.S. Embassy in Peru estimates that a total of $40 million has been invested in these projects, which seek to strengthen Peru’s capability to provide services and humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations.last_img read more

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