VEDA approves $3.9M in projects

first_img$3.9 MILLION IN PROJECT FINANCING COMMITMENTSAPPROVED BY VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTAUTHORITY (VEDA) BOARD OF DIRECTORSStowe, VT A Bennington manufacturer will expand operations, a NortheastKingdom logger will purchase a protected forest parcel, and a Barre video companywill renovate their headquarters with $3.9 million in financing assistance approved bythe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors.Approved projects are:Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington A $2.6 million industrial revenue bondinducement, and an $800,000 direct loan were approved by the VEDA Board, enablingVermont Composites, Inc. (VCI) to purchase the former Bijur Lubricating building, andexpand their manufacturing operations. Key Bank and the Town of Bennington arealso financing partners in the project. VCI is a leading manufacturer of carbon fibercomposite materials used in the aerospace and defense, medical equipment,automobile, and sporting goods industries. VCI employs 104 people, and it isanticipated that within three years, the expansion project will increase employment to182. In addition to land and building acquisition, Phase I of the $4,000,000 project willinvolve the installation of new production facilities and equipment. Phase II, to becompleted in spring, 2005, will involve re-roofing the facility and installation of a newautomated paint line.Peter Zaun and Dorene DeLuca, West Burke A $357,500 Farm Ownership Loanwas approved through the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), VEDAsagricultural lending program, enabling established logger Peter Zaun and DoreneDeLuca to purchase a protected 935-acre forest parcel on Nurse Mountain in Granbyand Guildhall. The parcel, currently owned by the Trust for Public Lands, is subject to aVermont Forests and Parks Department easement requiring that the property bemanaged and timber removed in such a way that lasting adverse ecological impacts areminimized, wildlife habitat is enhanced, and a continuing, renewable, and long-termforest is assured.VideoVision Video Production Company, Inc., Barre A $163,000 SBA 504 loanwas approved, enabling Anthony and Cynthia Campos to renovate two buildings inBarre, parts of which are used to house VideoVision Production Company. TheCampos have owned and operated VideoVision since 1988; the company producescommercials and other videos for local companies, and films municipal meetings andsports events for broadcast on Central Vermont Community Television, a tenant in oneof the buildings. Total renovation costs are $397,319; the Merchants Bank is alsoparticipating in the project.VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providingfinancial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, andtravel and tourism enterprises. In its thirty-year history, VEDA has made financingcommitments totaling over $1 billion.-30-last_img read more

Northeast the most affordable for ski trips

first_imgDestinationHotelSki RentalLift TicketMealBeerTotal cost1Vail, CO$581.81$40.85$105.00$13.07$4.83$745.562Aspen, CO$509.76$41.30$104.00$13.33$4.67$673.063Park City, UT$524.08$45.33$85.00$8.83$3.81***$667.054Telluride, CO$439.93$35.32$98.00$10.25$3.75$587.255Steamboat Springs, CO$420.62$36.32$99.00$12.98$4.83$573.756Whistler, BC, Canada$331.86$38.13$96.00$13.92$6.08$485.997Big Sky, MT$348.68$36.67$65.33$9.33$4.08$464.098Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada$322.34$44.99**$75.00$12.30$5.30$459.939Sun Valley, ID$310.23$35.00$48.00$12.17$3.48$408.8810Mammoth Lakes, CA$260.45$33.00$96.00$11.83$5.25$406.53The TripIndex Ski list comprises 20 popular ski destinations and Canada.TripIndex Ski prices out the following items in each destination: Per night cost of a hotel (between December 2011 and March 2012), cost of a basic ski rental package, cost of a lift ticket, cost of a meal (burger and fries) and cost of an alcoholic drink (domestic beer).Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below, and apply to travel between December 2011 and March 2012. The ‘basket’ of items is representative of the common items many travelers will purchase while on a ski vacation.Hotel prices specify the average cost of a hotel found on TripAdvisor within a five-mile radius of the destination (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the winter travel period (December 15 – March 31). *Identifies hotel prices that were taken from a 10-mile radius. In all destinations, between two and 62 hotels were included to compute the average price. On average, 29 hotels were included in the calculations for each destination.Ski rental prices include the average price of a basic, daily ski rental, including skis, poles and boots, taken from three equipment rental shops on or near the mountain. **Identifies ski rental prices that come from only one rental shop.Lift ticket prices identify the average price of a daily, adult lift ticket, taken from the local ski slopes for each destination during the 2011-2012 winter high-peak season.Meal prices reflect the average price of a burger and fries, taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain.Beer prices include the average price of a bottle/draft domestic beer taken from three local restaurants on or near the mountain. ***Identifies beer prices from restaurants that only offer on-site brewery beer brands.All prices shown are as quoted by source.About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and Instant Personalization) with seamless links to booking tools.TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 65 million unique monthly visitors* across 19 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 50 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide****, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).TripAdvisor and the TripAdvisor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TripAdvisor LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire Best Value Ski Destinations in North America To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/49252-tripadvisor-inaugural-ski-destination-c…(link is external)TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski presents the combined cost of one night’s hotel accommodation, a basic ski rental package, a one-day lift ticket, a local meal and a bottle/glass of beer at top ski destinations.The complete TripIndex Ski list can be viewed at http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.TripIndexSkiUS(link is external). DestinationHotelSki RentalLift TicketMealBeerTotal cost1Salt Lake City, UT$122.30$32.67$70.67$9.31$3.63$238.582North Conway, NH$121.72$37.33$69.00$8.41$3.42$239.883Taos, NM$134.04$28.00$75.00$8.67$3.83$249.544Jackson Hole, WY$148.28$36.83$85.00$10.25$3.67$284.035Snowshoe, WV$160.94$32.00$79.00$8.66$3.67$284.276Banff, AB, Canada$159.81$36.00$73.00$12.47$5.50$286.787Stowe, VT$171.92$38.67$79.00$10.17$4.20$303.968Lake Tahoe, CA$187.55$38.00$80.00$14.67$4.75$324.979Lake Placid, NY$251.98$35.33$79.00$11.33$3.83$381.4710Killington, VT$267.22$34.33$86.00$9.15$4.17$400.87Most Expensive Ski Destinations in North America TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today launched its inaugural TripIndex Ski ‘ a cost comparison of 20 popular ski destinations across the United States and Canada. Salt Lake City is the most affordable spot in the nation, Vail is the most expensive, and the Northeast is generally the most affordable region, with Colorado being the costliest. Top Skiing Steals and DealsSalt Lake City, Utah is the most affordable ski destination, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $239.North Conway, New Hampshire is the least expensive ski destination in the Northeast, coming in on TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Ski at $240.Taos, New Mexico topped the list for the cheapest ski destination for travelers looking to enjoy America’s western slopes ($250).Banff, Alberta came out on top for the best-value Canadian destination for winter sports enthusiasts, with a total TripIndex Ski cost of $287Most Expensive Winter EscapesWith a price tag of $746, Vail, Colorado emerged as the priciest ski spot.Colorado is also the overall most expensive state for US skiers, with four of the top five most expensive destinations on the index.Whistler, British Columbia is the priciest Canadian ski destination, coming out at a TripIndex Ski total of $486.New England Most Pocket-Friendly RegionThe Northeast is the most affordable US region for travelers seeking a winter deal, reveals TripIndex Ski ‘ with North Conway (New Hampshire), Stowe (Vermont) and Killington (Vermont) included in the top 10 most affordable destinations. Travelers who visit these destinations can expect to enjoy the slopes for between $240 ‘ $401.Cutting Costs on AccommodationsThe top ten affordable ski destinations also have the most pocket-friendly hotel rates:A one-night stay in Salt Lake City, Utah ‘ the most affordable TripIndex Ski hotspot ‘ is $122, compared to $582 in Vail, Colorado.Eight of the ten most affordable destinations boast average hotel prices under $200 per night, while rates across five of the ten most expensive destinations exceed $400 per night.”For travelers who are looking for a snowy escape, TripIndex Ski provides an easy way to compare the most popular ski destinations across North America,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications at TripAdvisor. “TripIndex Ski is a useful tool for travelers who are looking to get the best bang for their buck this winter season.”last_img read more

Are you living the life you chose?

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I love finding financial wisdom in unlikely places, like in art and music. These opportunities are more abundant than you might expect. For instance, the punk-Americana outfit, The Avett Brothers, dedicated an entire tune, aptly titled “Ill With Want,” to the scourge of greed and Mumford & Sons taught us that “where you invest your love, you invest your life.”The newest melodic metaphor to catch my ear comes from singer-songwriter Jason Isbell. He expresses his appreciation for having work in the title track of his newest album, “Something More Than Free,” but it’s the pair of questions he poses in another song, “The Life You Chose,” that really got me thinking.“Are you living the life you chose? Are you living the life that chose you?” asks Isbell.I fear it is the latter for many, if not most, of us. Perhaps we are stuck living a life that has grown into a web of circumstances driven more by external compulsions than autonomous impulsions. For too many, life is lived at the behest of someone else’s priorities and goals, in pursuit of someone else’s calling. continue reading »last_img read more

The top ten tips on handling difficult members

first_imgIt’s often a chaotic world we live in – attention spans are low and expectations are high. That makes for a perfect storm for members to be at their most difficult.The good news is that there are ways to keep your cool, turn member experiences around, and even come out looking like a hero. Let’s take a look at eight of those ways!Don’t take it personally. Most of the time when a member complains it’s because they are unhappy with the account or maybe something at your Credit Union – not you as an individual. It might be NOTHING at all to even do with the experience. Maybe they stubbed their toe? Spilled their coffee? Woke up late. Stop before REACTING to another person’s emotions and think – is it me? If not, let that emotion GO.Give yourself credit. Remember all those mad skills you possess? The kind way you handle member requests? The serious mojo you have when it comes to hitting your goals? Keep all of those things in mind when someone turns surley and never let anyone else make you feel less than you are.Write it down. Want to make an impression? Write down the complaint. That shows the member that you are listening and genuinely intersted in resolving their issue. If you’re on the phone, let them know that you are writing things down in detail. People want to be heard and documenting a concern is a good way to illustrate your listening skills.Get a supervisor in on the action. Got a REALLY tough member on your hands and things feel like they are escalating? Invite a supervisor to join you and the member will notice you are treating them as important by seeking additional help.Debrief with a trusted person when you’re done. When the member leaves, it may be a good time to talk over the encounter with someone you trust in order to release the frustration, let go of any negativity and learn what can be done in the future should it happen again.Master stress management. There are so many amazing techniques you can learn to manage stress and stay the voice of reason regardless of raised voices or irrational customer behavior. By learning to breath deeply, focus on the positives and also ensure your body doesn’t carry stress, you will be able to handle whatever (or whoever) the world sends your way.Chalk it up. Here’s the thing: working with the public? There are going to be THOSE moments or sometimes even days where someone is focused on you because they can. Chalk it up to human nature, let it roll right off you and move on.Look for the lesson. Sometimes there’s a reason for the temperment, right? Maybe a system or process is off. A complaint can be a queue to take a look at what may need to be changed. Analyze the situation and see what can be done differently in the future for a better response.Don’t lash out. It’s easy in the heat of the moment to lash out to anyone who will listen if you’ve been mistreated by a member (or anyone for that matter). Use caution. Breathe. Think before you speak to others so that you’re not taking your bad experience and transferring it to everyone in your wake.Remember the big picture. Truth is, without members we have no Credit Union. Even when they are less than fun to work with – they keeps our doors open. Give people the benefit of the doubt that they don’t MEAN to be challenging, and treat them with respect and understanding like the mature and successful professional that you know yourself to be.The nice thing to keep in mind if you’re in the people business (and most of us are) – is that whatever the grievance, pressure, irritation, aggravation – any of it might be? It will done and gone before you know it. A blip on the screen. Handle it in the moment then move on to the next. Who knows? The next one on the phone or in front of you might be the coolest member ever! 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

4 money moves for young adults

first_img 254SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Whether you’re entering the workforce as a full-time employee at age 18 or 22, if you’re done with school, then you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. Unless you’re a professional athlete, you’re probably going to work for the next 40 years. So, what should your first steps as a “grown-up” be? Here are four easy money moves you should make as soon as you start working full-time…Look way ahead: You may be in your early 20s now, but at some point, you’re going to blink and you’ll be almost 40. You don’t want to have to play catch-up with your retirement savings, so start saving for those days as soon as you can. If your company has a 401k match, take advantage of that free money. If not, seek out a financial advisor and find out what your best options are.Plan for emergencies: You can’t foresee losing your job or your car’s engine dying, but you can expect the need for a wad of cash to come out of nowhere. Having a savings account that’s dedicated to emergencies will prepare you for whatever life throws your way.Get out of debt: If you’ve got student loan debt, pay it off as quick as you can after you’re done with school. Before you decide to get a new ride or buy your first house, use that money to knock your debt down to zero. Once you’re debt free, you can start making decisions about those larger purchases.Find a side hustle: Another way to be prepared for those money emergencies is to find another source of income. Whether that’s working a weekend job or selling stuff on the internet, having a second source of income will come in handy if something happens to the first one.last_img read more

Jana Kramer Reveals the Name She and Mike Caussin Would Pick for Another Daughter

first_img– Advertisement – “If we had another kid and we had a girl, she’d be named Charlie,” Kramer said. “Jolie was always gonna be Jolie, and Jace … at first was Carter?”Caussin, 33, replied, “Grayson,” to which Kramer added, “Grayson, then we went Carter and then Jace.”Jana Kramer Reveals the Name She and Mike Caussin Would Pick if They Had Another Daughter 1Jana Kramer and Mike Caussin Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/ShutterstockThe “I Got the Boy” singer detailed the meaning behind Jace’s name after his birth in November 2018, when she shared a photo of her newborn in the hospital via Instagram.- Advertisement – Planning ahead! Jana Kramer and her husband, Mike Caussin, aren’t expecting a third child, but they already have a name in mind if the time comes.The couple revealed the moniker during a Q&A session via Kramer’s Instagram Story on Thursday, November 12. The One Tree Hill alum, 36, also shared how the pair chose names for their daughter Jolie, 4, and son, Jace, 23 months.- Advertisement – “Jace. My sweet baby boy. When I found out Jace meant ‘healing’ I knew right then that was his name,” Kramer wrote at the time. “He has been every bit of healing since I found out we were being blessed with another baby. I love you so much baby boy.”Kramer frequently shares photos of her children on social media, but Caussin didn’t agree with the decision at first. The former professional football player opened up about his initial feelings about putting their kids in the public eye during the Monday, November 9, episode of their “Whine Down” podcast.“I wasn’t completely comfortable at the beginning, but I became comfortable with sharing the kids so much,” he explained. “But then I was on board with it, and we never really discussed my reservations around it. But I’m all for it, and that’s our decision as a couple.”- Advertisement – Caussin added that if he and Kramer got divorced it would “crush” him to see their kids on social media. He added that it would be a “big” deal for him to see another man in the photos.The “Whiskey” singer and Caussin — who tied the knot in 2015 — have faced some ups and downs in their marriage over the years. Us Weekly broke the news of Caussin’s infidelity in 2016. The duo called it quits on their marriage and the athlete later entered rehab for sex addiction treatment. However, Caussin and Kramer reconciled and renewed their vows in December 2017.Although their struggles have been in the public eye, Kramer told Us in April 2019 that she hopes that she and Caussin can speak to their children about their past issues.“I definitely think that’s going to be hard, because unfortunately, when they’re old enough, they’re going to Google,” Kramer said at the time. “I personally would like for them to hear it from us first before they Google. They’ll never know specifics. That’s something that we’re not going to go, ‘Oh, your dad cheated.’ That’s not healthy for anyone to know. So it’s just, ‘Yes, this is your father’s addiction, but look at where we’re at now.’”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

Kenya’s Kipruto breaks world 10km record in Valencia

first_imgRelatedPosts Access Bank Plc acquires Kenyan bank 172 Nigerians evacuated from Uganda, Kenya arrive in Abuja Kenyan runner hit by motorcycle, suffers fractured leg Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto on Sunday smashed the 10km world record at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, clocking 26 minutes 24 seconds to win the World Athletics Gold Label road race. A statement made available by the World Athletics Media department on Sunday added that Kipruto’s half-way split of 13 mins 18 secs was also an improvement on the 5km world record. It pointed out that in spite of running on his own for the entire second half, Kipruto increased his pace and clocked 2 mins 37 secs for the sixth kilometre. After a slightly slower seventh kilometre of 2:40, the world under 10,000m champion ramped up his speed again for the eighth kilometre, which he covered in 2:36. It said that having passed 8km in 20:11, it became clear that Kipruto was on course to improve Joshua Cheptegei’s yet-to-be ratified world record of 26:38. It read that Cheptegei set the record six weeks ago in the same city, albeit on a different course. It said that closing kilometres of 2:38 and 2:35 secured the world record for the 20-year-old Kenyan, who covered the two halves in 13:18 and an impressive 13:06. The statement read that only the legendary Ethiopian duo Kenenisa Bekele (26:17.53) and Haile Gebrselassie (26:22.75) have recorded faster times on the track. Paul Tergat holds the Kenyan 10,000m record at 26:27:85. The statement added that the ecstatic Kipruto, who is coached by Colm O’Connell said afterwards: “I’m over the moon. “When I clocked 26:46 in Prague in 2018, I set myself the target of breaking the world 10km record and today my dream came true. “I’m very thankful to the organisers for relying on me to set the record and to the city and the people of Valencia for treating me so well and for their support throughout the race.”Tags: KenyaRhonex KiprutoValencia IbercajaWorld Athletics Gold LabelWorld Athletics Medialast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Unsportsmanlike conduct

first_imgHey ya’ll, if you hadn’t noticed, in a minute “Black Mystery Month,” so sorry Charlie Chan, “Black History Month,” is about to fade into the sunset of the American consciousness. Another indicator that the month is about to come to a close is the media “joyriding” with recently released cinematic jewels that are about to join the future of BHM programming. The films “Red Tails” and “The Help” are about magical and romantic times. The stories profile the era when people of color had to rumble just to get a drink of water on a hot day and were faced with death because all they wanted to do was hang out and go to school with the ruling class; ya know, mundane and trivial stuff.As a few of the African-American actresses gathered to pick up awards for their performances, Viola Davis wore a stunning gown that prominently featured God’s endowments north of her waistline and I am not referring to the expensive weave that she was sporting. If her male employer in “The Help” had been aware what jewels were hidden under her work uniform, another title most likely to have been bestowed upon her would have been “the mistress.” Oh but I am sure that she was—well at least according to the acceptance speech that Hattie McDaniel gave when she accepted her Oscar for best supporting actress in the film “Gone With The Wind”— “a credit to her race.”Sports and entertainment are not separate entities. There are specific components of sports that make it life threatening on a game by game basis. There are also certain elements that compose our daily entertainment choices that pose a high risk for the performers as well. In any full contact sport, danger lies behind every route across the middle, every venture into the “painted” area and each journey across center ice. Also, when we travel to cinema houses to see action films, are we cognizant of what “stuntmen” endure to film the “action” scenes that cause us to sit on the edge of our seats. While viewing the NAACP Image awards, I sat on the edge of my seat when the Black Stuntmen Association recalled stories about how they had to fight and persevere just to place their lives in danger to pursue employment as stunt performers.The road to equality has been and continues to be paved in blood. When I hear all of these glorified stories about the social and economic struggles of any race of people I have and will always remain intrigued. We run our mouths about who received an invitation to the funeral of the late great megastar Whitney Houston and what they were wearing, but remain mystified concerning the graduation rates of our high school and college students.When it comes to our students and student/athletes, no child left behind just means that. They quit school, are in prison; and in some cases, as a result of escalating violence and immorality in our communities, have met their maker far too soon.There are definite and insidious cases of peonage that exist in our society. Let’s take “another” look at the system of secondary school and college athletics in America. (I say another because in my opinion a lot of people are still not getting it). What was the average unemployment rate of Black Americans being held, not living in but confined in the American south in 1862 just prior to being “liberated” and I use that term very, very, liberally. Well the jobless rate for people of color was very close to zero percent. When you have free labor you can hire as many employees as you please without any budgetary and fiscal restraints. It also appears that the only time the majority of Black student athletes become “unemployed” is when they step from under the “protective “umbrella of the NCAA.” Just as the southern majority did in slavery, the NCAA provides three hots and a cot for the athletes that fill their stadiums and arenas while pretending they demand academic excellence based on diluted G.P.A. standards. However the NCAA provides little and oftentimes no resources or safety nets for the athletes that may stumble slightly or fall prior to the completion of their education. For all intents and purposes, the one sided covenants and pseudo-obligations that the NCAA professes to have for all of the performers that rake in millions of dollars for them are voided as soon as the athlete steps across the borders of that particular campus. Don’t forget our high school educational system. If you look close enough you will plainly see that our secondary schools are nothing but a huge consortium of “grapefruit leagues” of which the primary purpose is to provide bodies for the incorrigible ruling powers of the NCAA. Talk about class warfare.Some folks are right; there is a continuation of the “war of the classes” that has been fought for the last 149 years with no peace treaty in sight. So when you hear some misguided fan complaining about the inflated salaries of Lebron James, Cam Newton or Prince Fielder, just softly reply in the words of the late Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson; “payback is real mother for ya.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@new­pitts­burghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more