The Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized local businesses, organizations, and individuals with its annual awards during the Chamber’s annual meeting held on September 8th at the Middlebury Inn. Four awards were presented in front of a crowd of 100 attendees which included Chamber members, local business people and other dignitaries. In addition to the award presentations, the Chamber membership voted on a new board of directors. Vermont Hard Cider Company was presented with the Business of the Year Award which is given to a business located in Addison County that demonstrates excellent business practices and provides a positive impact on the community. According to Andy Mayer, Chamber president, ‘Vermont Hard Cider’s growth, commitment to Addison County, and commitment to the environment, while enhancing theVermont brand make them a natural choice for the award.’ In addition to the Business of the Year award, the Addison County Chamber presented its Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award which is given to an individual who has made numerous contributions to the community without the expectation of acknowledgement. This year two recipients were presented with the award’Lorraine Franklin of Addison and Karen Hennessy of Crown Point, N.Y. Franklin and Hennessy are co-founders of the Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition. Rep. Diane Lanpher, District 3, said, ‘As co-founders of the Coalition, they demonstrated the necessary spirit to achieve success by using their tenacity to hold communities together. Without their efforts I believe area businesses and workers would have fractured into less than effective entities. They showed extraordinary leadership, refusing to settle for anything less than full unity. This unity comes in the form of a bridge. Their effort to reconnect their once separated communities has been relentless.’ The Chamber’s Community Achievement Award is given to a not-for-profit organization for outstanding services and leadership to the community. The Chamber recognized Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center as an outstanding healthcare provider and business. According to just one of the nominations, ‘Helen Porter’s kind and compassionate care is the norm rather than the exception. They have made the facility welcoming, cheerful and homelike, which enhances the patient’s well being and that of the staff and visitors as well.’ Addison Repertory Theater was recognized as this year’s Business Education Partnership Award recipient. This award recognizes extraordinary programs, people or initiatives which link the business and education communities to bridge the gap between the workforce of today and the one we will need tomorrow. The A.R.T., under the extraordinary direction of Candace Burkle and Steve Small, has provided a home for students allowing them to flourish in many aspects of their lives because of their passion for and accomplishments in acting, writing, directing and producing plays. Annual meeting attendees voted on the board of directors for the 2011-2012 year. New to the board this year are Sam Cutting IV, Dakin Farm; Don Devost, Addison Advisors and Kelley Mills, Hannaford CareerCenter. All are serving one-year terms expiring at the 2012 annual meeting. The board and members of the Chamber recognized Mike McLaughlin, Bread Loaf Corporation; Lynn Coale, Hannaford Career Centerand Paul Richey who are leaving the board after serving their terms. Kris Merchant, Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom, is the outgoing chairperson while Jeff Costello, Costello Home Works, is the incoming chairperson. Other board members include: · Bonita Bedard, Vermont HoneyLights, representing Five Town Business Council· Dan Brown, Swift House Inn· *Tim Buskey, Vergennes Residential Care· David Donahue, Middlebury College· Donna Donahue, Better Middlebury Partnership· Robin Huestis, Round Robin Upscale Resale Shop· *Andy Mayer, Addison County Chamber· *Kate McGowan, United Way of Addison County· Kris Merchant, Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom, immediate past president· *Steve Misasi, Misasi & Misasi, PC· Mike Rainville, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, representing Addison County Economic Development Corporation· Bill Sayre, A. Johnson Lumber Company, representing Addison County Regional Planning Commission· Bill Townsend, J.P. Carrara & Sons· Grover Usilton, National Bank of Middlebury * Designates Chamber Officers About Addison County Chamber of Commerce The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com(link is external) Photo captions: Outgoing_incoming_chairs: From L to R: Kris Merchant, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, outgoing chairperson; Andy Mayer, president, Addison County Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Costello, Costello Home Works, incoming chair. Biz_Edu_Partnership: From L to R: Robin Huestis, Round Robin Upscale Resale Shop, congratulates Steve Small, Addison Repertory Theater at Hannaford Career Center. Biz_of_the_year: From L to R: Bill Townsend, J.P. Carrara & Sons, presents Chamber’s 2011 Business of the Year to Bret Williams, CEO, Vermont Hard Cider Company. Citizens_of_the_year: From L to R: Lorraine Franklin, owner, Champs Trading Post, Addison, VT; Diane Lanpher, Vermont State Representative; Karen Hennessy, owner, Sugar Hill Manor B&B, Crown Point, NY. Franklin and Hennessy co-founded the Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition. Community_Achievement: From L to R: Lynn Coale, Hannaford Career Center, congratulates Neil Gruber, Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center for winning the Chamber’s 2011 Community Achievement Award. Middlebury, Vermont ‘ September 13, 2011 ‘ The Addison County Chamber of Commerce
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Last night was the first night of the Democratic National Convention where keynote speakers included former first lady Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Gretchen Whitmer.Whitmer briefly shared why she is in support of the Biden–Harris campaign.Earlier today we spoke with Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and he expounded on the democrats plan of action.In the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, Governor Whitmer spoke about the Obama administration inheriting the worst economy since the Great Depression.Lt.Governor Gilchrest spoke about voter suppression and credited Michigan voters for pushing for the absentee ballot in 2018. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious APS pushes back the fall semesterNext Gov. Whitmer announces $65 million in CARES Act Funding for Michigan schools
Juan Manuel Marquez’s promoter in Mexico said on Monday that the fighter was pleased with terms for a May 17 fight against Mike Alvarado at the Forum, and has had a change of heart and is open to a fifth fight against Manny Pacquiao.Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) told promoter Fernando Beltran he wants to share the Alvarado offer with his wife, and trainer ‘Nacho’ Beristain, to get their input, before he meets again with Beltran on Thursday in Mexico City.The 40-year-old Marquez, who last fought and lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley in October in Las Vegas, previously said he wasn’t interested in a fifth fight against Pacquiao, who will fight for Bradley’s World Boxing Organisation welterweight belt on April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.Yet Beltran said Marquez has reconsidered.“He wants the challenge of the Bradley-Pacquiao winner, he wants to make history of a fifth world title in five divisions,” said Beltran, referring to a feat never accomplished by a Mexican fighter. “If Pacquiao wins, he’ll have the belt, and Juan wants it.”Bob Arum, Marquez’s promoter in the US, said he’s “very excited, delighted” by that decision. First, Marquez would have to deal with the 33-year-old Alvarado (34-2, 23 knockouts), who has engaged in three consecutive fights, splitting bouts against Brandon Rios, then getting knocked out in October by Ruslan Provodnikov.For Marquez, the bout would also mark a return to the legendary Inglewood arena where he fought 12 times in the late 1990s.“I have so many fond memories of fights at the Forum, and now they’ve done a great job of renovating it,” Arum said. “LA is such a great boxing market, and now it has one more great place to watch fights again.”Beltran said Marquez is enthused to return to the venue that formerly was the home of NBA side Los Angeles Lakers and NHL team Los Angeles Kings.“It’s sensational for him, historical and he’s very excited about returning there at this point in his career,” Beltran said. Meanwhile, unbeaten US fighter Omar Figueroa will not defend his World Boxing Council lightweight crown on Saturday after injuring his left hand during training, promoters announced on Monday.The bout was among three title fights scheduled for the undercard of Sunday’s non-title bout between Mexican super welterweights Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, 42-1-1 with 30 knockouts, and Alfredo Angulo, 22-3 with 18 knockouts.Figueroa, who suffered the injury on Friday, will not put his title on the line but his scheduled opponent, Canelo’s older brother Ricardo Alvarez, will face Mexico’s Sergio Thompson.Remaining world title bouts will include Mexico’s unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, 27-0 with one draw and 15 knockouts, against Mexican southpaw Cristian Mijares, 49-7 with two draws and 24 knockouts.IBF light middleweight champion Carlos Molina, a Mexican who is 22-5 with two draws and six knockouts, also will defend his crown against unbeaten American Jermall Charlo, who has a 17-0 record with 13 knockouts.