Champlain Bridge scheduled to reopen October 9, party planned

first_imgThe Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC), the grassroots group responsible for planning the Grand Reopening Celebration, has chosen the weekend of October 15-16, 2011 as the dates for the celebration. The Lake Champlain Bridge is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, October 9, 2011 according to Vermont and New York transportation officials. In the event the bridge does not open as planned, celebration events will be postponed until the spring of 2012.Launched in early April, the official website for the celebration provides information on proposed events, the latest news on celebration activities and how to become involved. Many events are planned for the two-day celebration, including a grand parade that is reminiscent of the parade held in 1929 during the opening festivities for the ‘original’ bridge. The LCBC is inviting people who were present at the 1929 celebration to participate as grand marshals, riding in circa 1929 vehicles, many of which will be provided by the Automobile Enthusiasts of Vermont. In keeping with the spirit of the first bridge’s opening celebration, there will be a boat flotilla, organized by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and in cooperation with Canal Corps. It is hoped that the schooner ‘Lois McClure’ will be available for tours.  Also on tap are bicycle tours of nearby historic sites and areas surrounding the bridge, a 5K footrace, a Saturday night street dance and concert, and an ecumenical service on the bridge at dawn on Sunday.  Also on Sunday there are plans for a farmers’ market and a car show featuring vintage vehicles. The LCBC is inviting performers (many of them locally-based)’musical, dance, speakers, and re-enactors’to entertain throughout the weekend, and there will also be opportunities for local food and craft vendors to participate. To close the weekend celebration, the LCBC is planning a spectacular fireworks display over the lake.  The LCBC welcomes anyone interested in participating in the celebration.  There are many ways to be involved, whether as a volunteer, sponsor, vendor, performer, or parade participant (the LCBC is encouraging towns, schools, and organizations to enter floats), and a committee has been set up to develop ways area students can become involved.  The LCBC is encouraging anyone interested in participating to go to is external) for further details and contact information, or call 802-759-2000.Event Fundraising All funding to promote and host the celebration events will be raised from corporate and private donations. No public monies from the states of Vermont or New York are being made available. If you’re interested in donating or sponsoring an event, email LCBC at sends e-mail). An official program will be published by the Addison Independent, with a portion of the proceeds going to LCBC to help fund the celebration. For details on advertising in the guide, sends e-mail). About the Lake Champlain Bridge Community Members of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community include area residents, representatives from local business, historical sites, local governments, and chambers of commerce. The Community can be found on the Web at is external). Soruce: Crown Point, N.Y./Addison, Vt. ‘ May 9, 2011 ‘ The Lake Champlain Bridge Community The website can be found at: is external). Photos: VBM file March 2011last_img read more

Combined Military Team Support Beyond the Horizon – Panama 2015

first_imgFrom the start, the exercise was set up to fully support the priorities and goals of the Panamanian Government and especially the Panamanian Ministry of Health (MINSA). MINSA identified the areas where the clinics were set up throughout Ngobe Bugle as their areas of greatest need where additional medical services could make the biggest impact. While the medical detachment brought 49 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to provide general medicine, dental care, ophthalmological services, and pharmaceutical expertise, MINSA brought providers for general medicine, pharmaceuticals, dental care, nutrition, health education, immunizations, infant massage, physical therapy, and ultrasound. They also provided personnel for triage, screening, and traffic control. U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), a SOUTHCOM component, also provided other supporting elements, such as translators from the Illinois National Guard and Military Information Support Operations and Civil Affairs from the U.S. Army Reserve. “Operation Beyond the Horizon was a challenge for each and every Soldier of our outfit. We saw a large volume of patients (more than 5,000 in 9 days of clinic visits) that required basic to advanced diagnoses capabilities,” said Captain Dave McVicker, MOARNG nurse practitioner. Beyond the Horizon is a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored exercise involving engineering and medical projects in Central and South America and the Caribbean each year. These exercises involve various governmental agencies on both, the U.S. side and those of the partner nations. Additionally, non-governmental agencies often volunteer personnel or other resources. This year, in addition to other projects, the Missouri Army National Guard sent a medical detachment to set up general medicine clinics in three locations throughout the Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous community in western Panama. The goals of the project were multifold and included supporting the Government of Panama and providing a lasting benefit to the people of Panama while also increasing the operational experience of U.S. Forces. While the U.S. and MINSA medical teams worked relentlessly to provide high quality and heartfelt care to the indigenous people of the Ngöbe-Bugle tribe, the exercise support team from Army South worked diligently to ensure logistics and administrative requirements were met. Panamanian security forces and governmental representatives directed their efforts to support security and other requirements as they came up. In total, over 5,000 patients were seen and treated, and the MISO and CA team worked in the background before and during the clinic with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy and MINSA. By Dialogo July 23, 2015 That training is worth it. In many operational environments, MISO and CA work mostly independently. However, it was decided that they would work side by side on this occasion under the guidance of ARSOUTH Inofrmation Operations Chief Ray Alfaro and Major Melanie Kirchhoff, the MISO team lead for the mission. For both team missions, significant preparation of the area of operations is required beforehand to attain quality effects. CA requires time to attain and build relationships with NGOs that come to fruition during critical mission points. MISO requires equal time periods to build relationships and repeat important messaging for meaningful responses from the population. This is a challenging process for MISO and CA teams in the Army Reserves. “They did a great job coordinating all the sites, coordinating operations between our leaders and host nation leaders, and helping with translating as well as logistical challenges,”said Cpt. McVicker. A combined team of Military Information Support Operations (MISO) and Civil Affairs (CA) successfully supported a medical detachment from the Missouri Army National Guard (MOARNG) and the Panamanian Ministry of Health in information and civil-military operations before and during BTH-Panama 2015. When a mission like BTH takes place, the training and operational experience is invaluable, but critically altered if enough lead time isn’t built into the mission plans. “We were able to achieve a high degree of satisfaction of our time spent in Panama because the ground work was laid well before we arrived,” said Cpt. McVicker. The MISO and CA unit got the word out that we were going to be there and the people showed up. Not just patients but the MINSA staff also,”he added. MISO and CA team leaders decided before the event that in order to conserve and share resources, their teams would work in teams composed of one MISO Soldier, one CA Soldier, and one Panamanian Police Officer. That way, they could have two teams and provide forward coverage before the clinics started, coverage during the clinics, and follow up with key leaders/key communicators after the clinic ended in a staggered schedule. It was highly successful! ARSOUTH laid communications equipment on vehicles and dedicated force protection assets that were instrumental in the successful execution of the mostly autonomous mission schedule. “Operations, such as Beyond the Horizon, help solidify our belief that we can operate in a challenging environment and make a difference for the people who need our care,” said Cpt. McVicker.last_img read more

7 step mid-year marketing review for your credit union

first_imgLook at your traffic sources and make adjustments. For example, if you are noticing a lot of people are taking action from digital ads and not as much from direct mail, it would be wise to reallocate resources for any current and upcoming promotions to maximize success and budget dollars.Measure progress on annual goals. This one is simple and effective. At the end of June, you should be at least 50% or more of your annual goals. If you aren’t, have a discussion with your team about what factors are causing you to not achieve the growth you forecasted:Did anything happen – planned or unplanned – that affected how members do business with or perceive your credit union? If so, did the marketing plan address those changes? Does it need to address those changes in the second half of the year?Were a majority of the dollars spent going towards one or more of the marketing objectives for the year?What went well, and how can we repeat this success in the future?What didn’t go well, and what did we learn from it for next time? 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Details Get the over/under on your budget. Just as you measured progress on the goals, make sure you are on track with your annual budget. If one category is higher than budgeted, make adjustments in other areas in order to keep it balanced and stay within your annual budget.Employ best practices. If you have a branch or employee(s) who is outperforming all the rest, talk to them and find out what they are doing to achieve those results.  Share these best practices across the entire credit union to enhance success.And lastly, check your momentum. The credit union could be experiencing success in numbers, but are you taking the time to celebrate those successes with your employees? This is a step a lot of credit unions miss because of time or budget constraints, but engaging all employees in the plan and sharing in the success is the number one way to keep momentum going strong and maximize success.center_img It’s June already!  While that means summer vacations, weddings, and barbecues, it’s also halfway through the year and time to do a performance review…of your marketing plan.Here are seven steps to performing a review of your marketing plan to ensure success for the second half of 2016:Measure the numbers. One of the easiest ways to know if your marketing is successful is to calculate ROI on the results of your campaigns. Don’t stop there – also make sure to compare quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year to make sure you are not only reaching your goals, but also outpacing growth from the previous year.Talk to your coworkers. This step accomplishes a couple of things:It identifies opportunities you have to make their jobs easier, thereby enhancing the member experience.It could uncover roadblocks you didn’t know were there that have caused marketing efforts to be less successful.Are you communicating effectively with your team about all marketing initiatives? You may think you are, but if employees feel un-included or uneducated about what’s going on, they will be more likely to stand in the way of the success of your marketing efforts.Do they have the tools they need to have conversations with members? We are in the business of relationships, and we do this through a consultative role with our members. Ask your employees if they have what they need from you to be the expert on the credit union’s products and services. Ask what you can do to help make that happen.last_img read more

Hawaiian Credit Union faces major social media boost

first_imgAn aggressive social media campaign enabled the $1.4 billion Honolulu-based Hawaii State Federal Credit Union to make technological and marketing strides with its members that rivals its competition on the islands.Since launching its Facebook presence in 2013, Hawaii State FCU gained 11,000 followers, more than 10% of its 90,000-plus member base and the largest fan base of any credit union in the state.In Hawaii, businesses thrive when they are successful at building relationships and tight-knit communities, something Hawaii State FCU, with their nine branches, has been able to achieve in its online space using its website, mobile, social media and email marketing. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Recess Monkey: Free Family Concert


LAUSD’s building plan honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This award is particularly gratifying because it recognizes the efforts we’re making to protect our environment and save money on our energy bills,” said Sylvia Scott-Hayes, president of the district’s board of trustees. Among the “green building” measures in the district are rooftop solar panels, ultra-low-wattage lighting and energy-saving mechanical equipment. California State University, Northridge’s most recent Fulbright Scholar is mathematics professor Carol Shubin, who will leave for Kigali, Rwanda, in January to teach and develop math and science curriculum at the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management. Shubin will work in Kigali for six months, teaching math classes and conducting lectures on her creation of a project at CSUN designed to strengthen students’ research, computer and analytical skills. Hermine Mahseredjian, the founder of CSUN’s Armenian studies program, will retire after more than 20 years of service. What started as one class in the university’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages in 1983 has since become one of the nation’s largest Armenian studies programs, offering 14 classes. Mahseredjian will leave at the end of the summer. Vahram Shemmassian, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, will replace her. “(Mahseredjian) has left an indelible impression on many of her students and colleagues with her passion, dedication and enthusiasm,” Shemmassian said. Submit Community Column items via e-mail to; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Unified School District was one of 10 national winners in the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence: The Americas competition. The district earned the award for its construction program, with $11.7 billion dedicated to complete 150 new schools by 2012. In awarding the honor, judges consider full development of projects including leadership, contribution to the community, environmental protection, architecture and design. Since 1936, the institute’s mission has been to provide leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. It established the Awards for Excellence Program in North America in 1979 and has since expanded it to Europe and Asia/Pacific. The Los Angeles Community College District won a Flex Your Power award from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for promoting energy efficiency. last_img read more