Vermont Attractions Association Welcomes New Members

first_imgMontpelier, VT – The Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) announces the acceptance of four new members for 2007-2008 season. The four newest members of VAA exemplify what it means to be a Vermont Attraction.The new 2007/2008 Vermont Attractions Association members are Cornish Colony Museum of Windsor, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center & Café in Waterbury, Long Trail Brewery of Bridgewater Corners and Vermont HoneyLights of Bristol.When founded in 1956, the Vermont Attractions Association mission was to promote attractions throughout the State and to establish, develop and promote high standards for tourism in Vermont. All Attractions continue strive to carry on the traditions and mission of offering visitors the best Vermont experience possible. All attractions offer informational and educational experiences, first-class activities and Vermont hospitality, while still maintaining their unique characteristics and quintessential Vermont feel. From the farms to museums; the breweries to chocolate makers; and shopping to State Historic sites, Vermont Attractions has something for everyone.Todd Paton, Chair of Vermont Attractions, noted that these new attractions make a great addition to the eclectic mix of properties that comprise VAA. “VAA seeks continually to promote only those attractions that offer guests a quality Vermont experience.”The old fire station building on Main Street in Windsor is home to the Cornish Colony Museum. The museum’s mission is the continued display of the artistic accomplishments of the famous artists, sculptors, writers, architects and landscape designers who lived and worked in this area of New Hampshire and Vermont, twin communities which sit astride the Connecticut River. The educational displays concentrate primarily on the 50-year period from 1885 to 1935, and are devoted to preserving the memories of that turn-of-the-century era. Currently, the Cornish Colony Museum is exhibiting a collection of paintings that celebrate the achievements of women in literature, history and culture.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center & Café can be found in the newly renovated 1867 working Amtrak station, in Waterbury, Vermont. The Visitor Center invites, guides, and shares Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ passion for coffee through fun, interactive, and innovative technology. The Center provides opportunities for visitors to learn about Green Mountain Coffee Roasters – its products, the process of growing, roasting, and packaging coffee from “tree to cup;” as well as to do a little Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shopping. Guests will also learn about Green Mountain Coffee’s inspiring corporate philosophy of business for positive world change. Visitors will also delight in the architecture and grandeur of the newly renovated Waterbury Amtrak station.Located just off Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, the Long Trail Brewing Company offers a spacious riverside Visitor Center that was inspired by the Hofbrau House in Munich, Germany. The Visitor Center offers an informative self guided tour of how their special brands of beer are brewed. From a catwalk over the production floor guests not only can read about the process but also see the master brewers hard at work. The Visitor Center Gift Shop provides guests with the opportunity to purchase beer and Long Trail souvenirs. The Long Trail Pub presents an enticing variety of menu items – some that incorporate Long Trail beer in their recipes, served near the cast-iron stove in the winter or out on the deck over looking the Outtauquechee River in the summer.Vermont HoneyLights is a family-owned business located on Main Street in the scenic hills of Bristol that specializes in the truly natural candle. Talented candlemakers hand mold nature’s finest beeswax into decorative works of art. Each visitor who steps through the gift shop and studio doors can see one of the artists creating a unique hand-rolled or poured candle. Guests can learn about the ecological and economical reasons for using beeswax candles, the process of creating special molds and the philosophy of creating the highest quality candles, all while watching the artisan roll, pour and unmold unique candle shapes. Along with the beeswax candles, Vermont HoneyLights retail shop also features only American-made products including table linens, footstools, pillows and other seasonal offerings. A wide selection of functional antiques and vintage pieces are available along with visual inspiration on how to incorporate them into the home.Over the years, VAA has expanded its marketing efforts to encourage tourists from Vermont and beyond through the launch of its own website, participating in the Vermont Travel and Industry Conference, working with the Vermont Tourism Network and educating leaders in the Vermont tourism industry. VAA has also worked diligently with the State of Vermont to produce and distribute the Official Road Map and Guide to Vermont Attractions, with the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association to craft the brochure racks for some of the highway areas, and with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to coordinate marketing efforts.For more information about VAA and all of its members please visit www.vtattractions.org(link is external).last_img read more

Allsop defies high street gloom with £140m sale

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Construction of 2.7-km Janiuay concrete mountain road starts

first_imgThe project, which costs P17 million,is part of the Forestland Management Project of the DENR which is funded by theJapanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Quipot-Barasalon pathway has awidth of 1.25 meters and its contractor Micro Asia Builders Corporation istasked to finish the project within 270 days. Defensor, along with 3rd District’sCong. Lorenz Defensor, Provincial Board members Matt Palabrica and JasonGonzales and the municipal officials of Janiuay led by Mayor BienvenidoMargarico graced the groundbreaking in Barangay Quipot. ILOILO – Residents of the mountainousbarangays of Quipot and Barasalon in Janiuay town are happy that their dream ofhaving a concrete access road will soon become a reality. DENR-PENRO chief Raul Lorilla said themunicipality of Janiuay will receive a total of PhP168,750,870 under the FMP’sAgroforestry Support Facilities. It was conceptualized during the timeof Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. He signed a Memorandum of Agreement with DENR toimplement the FMP in the municipalities of Janiuay, Lambunao and Calinog. On Feb. 13 the Provincial Environmentand Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of the Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR) led the groundbreaking ceremony for the constructionof the 2.74-kilometer concrete pathway from Barangay Quipot to BarangayBarasalon.center_img FMP aims to rehabilitate the denudedforestlands of Jalaur River Basin and at the same time support the communitythrough Agroforestry Support Facilities such as concrete pathways, irrigationpipeline systems, concrete bridge and hanging bridges. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. told thepeople of barangays Quipot and Barasalon the concrete road will not only givethem ease of travel but also uplift their living conditions as it would openlivelihood and economic opportunities. Congressman Defensor vowed to helpprovide electrical posts to energize areas in the two barangays that are notyet reached by electric power. He also said the provincial governmentis thinking of more long-term projects that could benefit the upland barangaysnot only in Janiuay but also in other parts of the province. Aside from the P17 millionQuipot-Barasalon pathway, the other projects that will be implemented are:Construction of Aglobong Irrigation and Pipeline System (P24.4 million),Construction of Atimonan Irrigation and Pipeline System (P9 million),Construction of Barasalon Hanging Bridge-1st Unit (P12.3 million), Constructionof Barasalon Hanging Bridge-2nd Unit (P7.2 million), Atimonan-Aglobong-Panuranpathway (P41.3 million), Barasalon-Canauilian pathway (P20.8 million), andPanuran-Sitio Aguilan-Tabulwang Access Road (P46.4 million), among others. (ECGarcia, Capitol News/PN)last_img read more

Ramsey retains survival hope

first_imgIt is back to the drawing board for manager Chris Ramsey after embattled QPR fell to an uninspiring defeat at Crystal Palace. “Mathematically of course we’re not safe but we’re in a great position and we would have snapped someone’s hand off to be in this position at this stage, whoever the manager was,” he said. “I said to the players when I arrived to look above because if you look below there is anxiety and pressure. You can’t play like that. “You have to try to get above Newcastle, whoever is above us. We’re above Everton, that was a bit of a goal for us. Can we stay above them? There is plenty of motivations in our group to stay where we want to stay. “I think 11th or 12th is top of the league for this team at the moment for where we are at the moment. I n the summer, if we are clever enough it might not be.” The west Londoners have just five points to show from their last 12 top-flight matches, putting their Premier League status at serious risk. Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park was the latest hammer blow, making it four straight defeats after Ramsey last month oversaw Rangers’ first away win of the campaign. Morale had been boosted by that victory but now they are hurtling towards the Championship, with the first-half capitulation against Palace a particular concern. “We’ll go for it as best we can,” Ramsey said, looking ahead to the final nine matches. “The players are disappointed. They’re still unified in what we’re trying to do and all we can do is keep fighting. “The only thing we can do is go back to the drawing board, there’s nothing else we can do. “I know there are Rangers fans out there whose weekend will have been spoilt by this result. “They live, die and breath football every weekend, and that’s what hurts me the most.” While QPR are staring down the barrel, the Eagles now look all-but certain of avoiding relegation. Alan Pardew has done a remarkable job since taking the reins in January, building an eight-point cushion over the drop zone having arrived with Palace in it. Press Associationlast_img read more

A flame, a look, one of the Olympics’ most powerful moments

first_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 14th August, 2020 07:15 IST Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 07:15 IST A Flame, A Look, One Of The Olympics’ Most Powerful Moments Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word LIVE TV With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the competition even began.Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word.She’d be passing off the flame to The Greatest.Muhammad Ali.It would become one of the most chilling, eyes-watering moments in Olympic history — Ali, emerging slowly from the darkness into the light of Atlanta’s 85,000-seat stadium, his left arm shaking from the ravages of Parkinson’s disease but his eyes bright, proudly holding the torch aloft before delivering the spark that officially launched the 1996 Summer Games.The competition had not even started, but those Olympics already had their signature image.“There was this moment, as the flame was being passed, I will never forget the look in his eyes,” Evans recalled this week in an interview with The Associated Press. “You could feel it. It was so meaningful to him. You could just see it in his eyes. It didn’t take any words.”Ali won a boxing gold at the 1960 Rome Games and then, as the story goes, he threw his medal in the Ohio River after facing intense racism upon his return home.Whether that was true or not, the Atlanta Games made it clear Ali always felt a sense of pride in his Olympic accomplishments, which launched a remarkable life that saw him become a three-time heavyweight champion, a renowned humanitarian, a warrior for social justice and, ultimately, one of the world’s most popular, recognizable figures.After Ali’s death in 2016, two banners flanked his coffin at his funeral service.The American flag. And the Olympic flag.“That evening in Atlanta was clearly meaningful to him in so many ways,” Evans said. “It was also meaningful to the Olympic movement and what the Olympics represents for me. It was — outside of my family, of course — the greatest moment of my life.”For Evans, that’s saying something. She is one of the best distance swimmers in Olympic history, a four-time gold medalist whose competitive career ended unceremoniously with ninth- and sixth-place finishes in Atlanta.But she learned a far greater lesson at the opening ceremony — not just from Ali, but from all those athletes cheering her on as she lugged the flame around the track and then climbed a ramp to deliver it to The Greatest.“I finally realized there was more to the Olympics than just collecting gold medals,” she said. “I had this epiphany. It was like, ‘Hey, this is bigger than medals. This is bigger than winning.’ Not many win, but so many are inspired by the games.”These days, Evans is still a big part of the Olympic movement. When the Summer Games return to the United States for the first time since Atlanta in 2028, she’ll be there as the chief athlete officer, trying to ensure that those who compete in Los Angeles have the best possible experience.If anyone asks, she’ll gladly tell them about that night in Atlanta.“I’m always, always happy to talk about lighting the cauldron,” Evans said, her voice rising with excitement. “That day, that moment in the history of the games, it still speaks to people. It’s still very important. And it will always be a big part of my life.”TRAGEDY IN THE PARKMidway through the games, tragedy struck when a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, a 21-acre expanse in the heart of downtown Atlanta which was constructed to serve as a gathering spot for fans and a lasting legacy to the city.One person was killed by the blast, another died later from a heart attack, and more than 100 people were injured.Suspicion initially focused on security guard Richard Jewell, who was subject of intense media scrutiny before the FBI cleared him of any wrongdoing several months later.Investigators eventually captured Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty and is serving a term of life without parole at the federal government’s highest-security prison.The park bombing led to heightened security for the remainder of the Atlanta Games and forced future host cities to also impose far stricter measures, which significantly drove up costs.SUMMER OF WOMENRoughly a generation after the passage of Title IX, which significantly increased opportunities for female athletes in the U.S., the progress toward gender equity was on full display in Atlanta.The American women captured team gold medals in gymnastics, basketball, soccer and softball, helping the host nation lead the medal table for the first time at a non-boycotted games since 1968.The gymnastics team, known as the Magnificent Seven, wrapped up its victory when Kerri Strug pulled off her final vault on an injured ankle. She had to be carried to the medal podium by coach Béla Károlyi.GLITCH GAMESThe 17-day event was marred by organizational problems and complaints of excessive commercialization.Bus drivers, many brought in from other cities, struggled to find their way on Atlanta’s jumble of roads and interstate highways.As the last host city to rely mainly on private funding, Atlanta faced griping that its commercial backers made the event look more like a tacky county fair than the Summer Olympics.The criticism would soften in the years to come as other countries relied on exorbitant public funding to stage the games., leaving huge bills for taxpayers.STARS OF THE TRACKIn addition to the opening ceremony, Centennial Olympic Stadium was the site of some of the game’s most iconic sporting moments on the track.Canada’s Donovan Bailey blazed to a world-record victory in the 100-meter dash. Running in gold shoes, Michael Johnson of the U.S. swept the 200 and 400 — shattering the 200 world record with a time (19.32) that would stand for more than a dozen years. France’s Marie-José Pérec pulled off the same 200-400 double on the women’s side. American Carl Lewis wrapped up his brilliant Olympic career with a fourth straight gold in the long jump.On the last day of the games, Josia Thugwane became the first black South African to win gold for his country when he crossed the line just 3 seconds ahead of South Korea’s Lee Bong-Ju — the closest finish in Olympic marathon history.NEW SPORTSThe Olympic program took on a hipper vibe with the introduction of beach volleyball and mountain biking.“My sport was relatively unknown and a lot of people would not have guessed that women were doing it,” remembered Susan Mattei, an American who took bronze in the inaugural women’s mountain bike race. “I definitely felt like the luckiest kid on the block.”Softball and women’s soccer also made their Olympics, though neither was actually played in the host city. Softball was held in Columbus, about 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, while the soccer team played in several U.S. cities before finishing up at Sanford Stadium in Athens, some 75 miles to the east and best known as the football home of the Georgia Bulldogs.Payne also wanted to add golf to the program, proposing that it be played at the Augusta National Golf Club. But the home of the Masters came under fire for its exclusionary membership policies and the idea was dropped; it wasn’t until 2016 that golf returned to the Summer Games.Image credits: AP COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Wenger suggests Arsenal will NOT sign a striker to replace Giroud

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are no closer to signing a striker, and has suggested he may not bring one in before the transfer window closes.The Gunners have been linked with several forwards in the past week, including Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, after Olivier Giroud was ruled out till December with an ankle injury.However, Wenger insists there is nothing to report on that front, as he talked up the current attacking options in his squad.“No. If we sign someone I will tell you,” said the Frenchman, when asked if any strikers are incoming. “All [transfer negotiations] need to be as secret as possible.“If I give you the number of strikers we have at the moment it is unbelievable. We have Sanogo, Sanchez, Podolski, Campbell and others.” 1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger last_img read more