Fifteen years ago, Nordic enthusiast Martha Robertson, of Peru, Vermont, combined her passion for skiing with her passion for helping others in need to create “Ski for Heat.” What started out as a local “ski-a-thon” in southwestern Vermont to raise $100 to help one family with heating fuel assistance has broadened its scope to aid low-income Vermonters throughout the state.Today, Ski for Heat is a series of winter events that include alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing fundraisers at participating Vermont ski resorts and Nordic centers. While fundraising takes place through the season, Sunday, January 25th is this year’s designated Ski for Heat day, with activities scheduled at a number of ski areas around Vermont (details can be found at www.skiforheat.org(link is external)).To date, Ski for Heat has raised more than $300,000 to benefit hundreds of Vermont families. “The need for assistance is staggering,” commented Robertson. “Being warm is a basic need, yet many in our area either are without it, or have it at the expense of another basic living necessity, such as food or medicine. This collaborative effort—with the generous support of so many committed businesses and individuals—is striving to change that.”According to Robertson, “We want to provide assistance to as many Vermonters as we can who can barely stay warm through these cold months, and we also want to have it be fun and accessible for people of all ages and abilities to take part—folks appreciate the opportunity to make a difference for others in their communities.”Now with its own nonprofit designation from the IRS, Ski for Heat is partnering with all five of Vermont’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to raise money to help those in our communities who are struggling to stay warm this winter. VSECU is the presenting sponsor of the winter-long awareness and fundraising program.”We’re a member cooperative that believes in leveraging our resources to help improve the lives of Vermonters,” said VSECU CEO Rob Miller. “Being a part of this groundbreaking initiative aligns perfectly with our belief in helping sustain the basic needs of Vermonters, such as keeping warm.”Steve Geller, Executive Director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action and President of the Vermont Community Action Partnership, had great praise for Ski for Heat. “The VT CAAs are where Vermonters who can’t afford to heat their homes turn to when they’ve run out of heating fuel and will freeze without some quick help,” he said. “And every winter we struggle to find enough money to provide that help. Dedicated community volunteers like Martha and the many other folks who support Ski for Heat enable us to keep many more families from being left out in the cold.”There are a variety of ways for people to participate in and contribute to Ski for Heat at a level that is comfortable for them. Information and details can be found on Ski for Heat’s website, www.skiforheat.org(link is external).Community volunteers and corporate sponsors are the backbone of Ski for Heat. In addition to VSECU, sponsors include Clark’s Quality Foods in Londonderry, The Vermont Country Store, Ski Vermont, Great Big Graphics and The Point FM. Many local businesses, listed on the Ski for Heat’s website, are also contributing to this endeavor.Source: www.skiforheat.org(link is external). 1.20.2015
State Rep. Emily Perry, whose 24th district includes all of Merriam and portions of Mission and northern Overland Park, filed for reelection on Monday.Perry, a Democrat, is seeking her second term in office. She sits on the Transportation Committee, and the Judiciary and Federal and State Affairs Committee. Perry signaled a commitment to public education funding in a statement that accompanied her announcement.“It has been an honor to serve my district, and work to craft policy that benefits our citizens,” she said. “I had the benefit of excellent public schools from Kindergarten through Law School and I will work to protect those institutions, as they are Kansas’ greatest asset.”Perry, who lives in Overland Park, is an attorney. She made the announcement in conjunction with fellow Democrat and 22nd district Rep. Nancy LuskAs of this writing, all four northeast Johnson County representatives — Perry, as well as Republicans Barbara Bollier, Stephanie Clayton and Melissa Rooker — have filed for reelection, and none have drawn challengers.
Shawnee police say they are looking for an 18-year-old male in connection with a string of residential burglaries as well as attempted and completed sexual assaults.A photo of William Louis Elliot provided by Shawnee police.The department’s release on the arrest warrant and the suspect is below:The Shawnee Police Department is investigating three residential burglaries that have occurred over the last few days. In each of these burglaries, entry was made into the residence (two apartments and one single family home) through an unlocked door and a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault occurred inside the residence. Two of these occurred near 75th and Goddard and the third occurred near 55th and Caenen.An arrest warrant has been issued for William Louis Elliot (b/m 18 years old) for Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Sexual Battery by the Johnson Country District Court. A picture of him is attached. If you know where he is please call 911, the Shawnee Police Department at 913-631-2150, or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).Our Detectives are following up on leads on the cases with the assistance of the Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.We ask that residents routinely double check all doors (front, back, sliding glass, etc) and lower level windows on their homes to make sure they are locked.UPDATED: Shawnee police reported Tuesday afternoon that the suspect is now in custody.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Sept. 19, 2019 — BenQ announced a new 30-day Try and Buy free trial program for InstaShow WDC10 (HDMI) and WDC10C (USB-C) wireless presentation systems. InstaShow is the first system of its kind to deliver true plug-and-play wireless presentation capabilities, eliminating the setup hassles, collaboration obstacles and network security risks for attendees and IT managers. After completing the trial, organizations have the option of buying the system and saving $300 off the purchase price.“Despite the importance of collaborative presentations in business meetings and classrooms, most organizations still waste an incredible amount of time trying to get meetings started and switching between users,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director of business development at BenQ America Corp. “Users will love how InstaShow makes meetings simple. This trial gives customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the easiest and fastest way to get connected and ready to present.”With InstaShow, attendees no longer have to awkwardly pass around a single cable, run risky third-party software or acquire network access in order to present to room displays. Enabling simple, fast deployment into any space, InstaShow features a unique button-style transmitter design that requires no additional hardware or software downloads. Users simply plug the transmitter into their laptop or notebook port and push the button to immediately share their screens. Organizations can mix and match WDC10 and WDC10C buttons in the same room to accommodate laptops equipped with HDMI- and USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports. The system hosts up to 16 presenters at a time and is interoperable with any operating system or hardware platform. Through WPA2-PSK protection with AES 128-bit encryption, it ensures absolute data security. It also supports smooth, low-latency full HD 1080p video and 16-bit stereo audio wireless streaming to any display device.To participate in the Try and Buy program, organizations can sign up and select between the InstaShow WDC10 (HDMI) or WDC10C (USB-C) wireless presentation system. After 30 days, organizations that decide to purchase their InstaShow wireless presentation system will receive $300 off the already attractive MSRP of $999 (WDC10) or $1,099 (WDC10C).More information on InstaShow is available here.
Sarasota Bar bestows awards October 15, 2012 Regular News THE SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION (SCBA) recently honored two of its members and a veterans organization for their service and commitment to the community and to the profession at its annual awards ceremony and installation dinner. The C.L. McKaig Award was presented to attorney Evelyn L. Moya for service to the SCBA for her efforts and commitment to improving the association’s goal of diversity in the practice of law in her roles as chair of the Diversity Committee, co-editor and editor of The Docket, as well as a consistent supporter of member programs and functions. Attorney Janella K. Leibovitz received the Distinguished Community Service Award in recognition for dedicating hundreds of hours each year to the women and children of Sarasota most in need of legal counsel, but without resources, by volunteering weekly at Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc., and The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota. Florida Veterans for Common Sense was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by a Layperson for its dedicated effort to establish veterans’ diversion courts throughout Florida, and its active support of the Courts Assisting Veterans program in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. Pictured seated from the left are Moya, Gene Jones of Veterans for Common Sense, and Leibovitz. Standing from the left are Norman Vaughan-Birch, Mark Flaherty, Mark Haskins, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince, Alyssa Nohren, Derek Byrd, Charles Sniffen, and Chief Judge Andrew D. Owens, Jr.
The prestigious National Geographic Traveler has listed the Via Dinarica trail as one of the best destinations in the world for 2017.Via Dinarica, a mega-hiking and hiking trail, which connects natural and cultural sights in the Dinarides, is thus recognized and recognized as a great development opportunity and potential for Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and especially for Bosnia and Herzegovina. .Via Dinarica is a route intended for mountaineers, cyclists and other excursionists who visit the Dinarides as tourists, but at the same time a platform for the development and improvement of living and working conditions for people living in the Dinarides. One of the basic goals of the project is, in addition to mountaineering activities, to promote the local economy and thus bring tourists closer to local food, accommodation, various services and the like.Terra Dinarica, the organization that coordinates the activities of the Via Dinarica project in BiH, points out that this prestigious recognition is the result of persistent, hard, but also visionary work of partner organizations, a network of volunteers and support from UNDP and USAID international development agencies in BiH. . It should be emphasized that BiH is the first country in the region to fully mark and prepare its stages of the White Trail Via Dinarica, which was officially opened in June this year, in Blidinje.Via Dinarica is no longer just a development opportunity, they point out in the organization of Terra Dinarica, but our reality and a fact confirmed on the ground. In this regard, it is necessary to encourage local authorities and partner organizations to work even harder to preserve the natural wealth of BiH, which can and must be exploited in a sustainable way, and which can and does bring economic benefits to the people. “Via Dinarica has replaced politics with nature”Said Thierry Joubert, owner of the Green Visions agency from Bosnia and Herzegovina. “What could be nicer than that? “Via Dinarica passes through BiH in three lines-paths: Green, White and Blue. Green leads to BiH forests and is ideal for family hiking and recreation, Blue passes in the south-eastern part of Herzegovina and connects the region with the Adriatic Sea. The white trail, which leads to the tops of our highest mountains, is the most interesting so-called. thru-hikers, adventurers, mountaineers, mountaineers and everyone else who longs for untouched natural beauty and mountain peace and tranquility.The complete article will be available at newsstands around the world later this month in a special edition of Nat-Geo Traveler Best of the World. Via Dinarica consists of over 5.000 km of mountain trails, and the entire project began in 2010. See more about this great tourist story here
Share Hundreds came out to support the annual Springs Fire Department Prime Rib Dinner on Sunday, June 2, at the Springs Firehouse. While the limit for the number of dinners served was set at 650, everyone’s expectations were blown away as they exceeded that number hours before closing. The delicious ribs and desserts that the volunteers had prepared were popular, as it seemed the entire community had gathered for this one event. The money raised support for our first responders.
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Pivotal LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources, announced that it has entered into its second agreement with UPS to provide liquefied natural gas to UPS fleet operations in Jacksonville, Fla.Pivotal’s first LNG supply agreement with UPS was announced in April 2013. Under that agreement, Pivotal is providing LNG to UPS facilities in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.“We are very pleased to expand the LNG supply service we provide to UPS. We will now serve three UPS facilities, and we look forward to continuing to fulfill their LNG needs for years to come,” said Steve Cittadine, president, storage and fuels for AGL Resources.Recently UPS announced that it is committed to expanding its use of LNG as a transportation fuel. The company is building LNG fueling stations at several of its facilities and is in the process of replacing a large number of its diesel-fueled tractors with LNG-fueled tractors. “Our tractors operate on high-mile routes in the southern regions,” said Mike Casteel, director of fleet procurement for UPS. “Pivotal is providing the LNG fuel supply we require to meet the needs of our LNG tractor fleet in key locations.”AGL Resources, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, is one of the largest operators of liquefaction facilities in the nation and has more than four decades of experience in the LNG business. AGL Resources owns and operates seven natural gas distribution utilities and several LNG peak-shaving facilities throughout its footprint. “Pivotal LNG is uniquely positioned to offer consistent fuel supply to its customers in several regions offering,” said Cittadine.LNG is an advanced transportation fuel that is an attractive alternative for many fleet operations. It is domestically produced and provides companies such as UPS with an environmentally friendly, cost-effective transportation fuel option, which can also help support the achievement of corporate sustainability goals.With the abundance of domestically produced natural gas, there is a wide and sustainable price differential between natural gas and petroleum-based fuels. The stability of natural gas supply helps to insulate LNG users from price volatility, often resulting in significant fuel cost savings. In addition, LNG is a safe transportation fuel. It is nontoxic and not corrosive, and it leaves no residue if spilled.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 17, 2014; Image: UPS
Follow John on Twitter Winston Churchill once claimed that the best argument against democracy was a five-minute conversation with the average voter. One look at the terrifying e-petition website, and the old boy would doubtless have choked on his brandy in horror. What a Pandora’s box of steaming excrement this ill-conceived idea has created. For those with less time on their hands – those with jobs for example – let me explain. The great unwashed are invited to submit ideas for future debates in parliament – if 100,000 others give their backing it’s officially on the agenda. Think of it like the Blue Peter Totaliser for nutters. Predictably, the early entries may as well have been copied and pasted straight from the Daily Express website. Judging by the first couple of days since it was published, if this nation lurches any further to the right we’ll be speaking French by the weekend. The British people apparently want the return of capital punishment, the ripping up of the convention on human rights and numerous other acts of lunacy. One demand is that that jail food be limited to bread and water, a move which will surely delight messrs Warburton and Hovis but horrify prisoners with a gluten intolerance. Of course, this entire exercise is a monumental waste of time and resources. The death penalty will never be reintroduced in my lifetime, no matter how many times some tattooed keyboard warrior may call for it. Even if 100,000 people do call for a parliamentary debate (and that seems a ludicrously easy number to round up), it represents just a fraction of the general population. We cannot allow the nature of our society to be dictated to by those who shout the loudest. Law-making is for the courts and the politicians. It requires a dispassionate approach free of the pressures of satisfying the general public’s every whim. If the citizens of the UK are not happy with the approach, they have their chance to register that discontent at the ballot box every five years – although it is telling how many people still ignore that opportunity. The rest of the time we must trust the elected guardians of the nation to do what is right – not what screaming newspaper headlines demand. It seems anomalous to denounce democracy at a time when so many people around the world are dying for their right to exercise it. Those who have voted in e-petitions will argue it’s about time their opinions were given a platform and properly debated. Perhaps, but legal reforms are not to be treated like a glorified X Factor poll, with the winner decided by the most emotive back story. Sometimes we don’t know what’s best for us. I shudder to think at what Churchill would say in response to e-petitions, but I’m fairly sure it would involve that famous two-fingered salute.