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  • Hinesburg woman wins Ralph Nading Hill writing contest

    first_imgHeather Anne Caulfield of Hinesburg, Vermont, is the winner of the 2011 Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. literary prize awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life magazine.Caulfield’s winning story, titled “Fetching Lambs,” describes a teenager on a Vermont family farm leading the sheep into the shed for the night. As she walks in the frosty darkness, her path illuminated by her flashlight, starlight, moonlight and the glow through the window of the distant farmhouse, she thinks about the family’s life on the farm through the seasons.Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life, commented that the judges were taken by the strong sense of place that came through in Ms. Caulfield’s writing. “We were impressed with her ability to perfectly capture a scene and evoke a feeling that is familiar to anyone who has spent some time on a farm in Vermont. Her unadorned, precise prose made her story an absolute pleasure to read.”Caulfield, 29, grew up in Putney and Dummerston, and worked at her family’s farm stand after school. She graduated from UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, and the SIT Graduate Institute. She has taught English as a Second Language in Mongolia. Caulfield is currently the administrative coordinator at VHB in North Ferrisburgh, an engineering and environmental consulting firm.Caulfield said: “I began writing fiction in my early teens, but poetry became my first love by the time I left for college. I’ve written about the ordinary moments such as neighbors, car trouble and gulls in a field, as well as life’s deepest moments, such as the death of my father and the sale of our family farm.” Caulfield describes her winning story as “creative non-fiction. I was trying to recapture a memory from my early teens and I found myself reimagining certain details I couldn’t recall. Although I set the story in early winter, the actual event most likely occurred in during spring lambing.”Ms. Caulfield will receive a $1,500 prize for the short story. The award is named for the late Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., a Vermont historian and writer and long-time member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. It is considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes.The selection was made by an independent panel of judges: Mary Hegarty Nowlan, editor of Vermont Life; Tom Slayton, past editor of Vermont Life; Tony Marro, retired executive editor of Newsday; Alison Freeland, a 1994 winner of the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., award; Brian Vachon, retired vice president of communications at National Life of Vermont and a former Vermont Life editor; and Steve Terry, retired Green Mountain Power senior executive.”Fetching Lambs” is available on the Vermont Life website, www.vermontlife.com(link is external), and will also be included in Vermont Life’s September newsletter.The deadline for this year’s Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literary Prize is November 15, 2011. The contest, now in its 22nd year, is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers. Submission may include essays, short stories and poetry that focus on “Vermont — Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. Employees of Vermont Life or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible. Send entries to the Corporate Relations Department of Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446.last_img read more

  • Hewlett Armed Home Invasion Victims Tied Up

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Hewlett in whuch an elderly  couple was tied up on Saturday night.A 73-year-old man was getting out of his vehicle that he had just parked in the garage of his Lakeview Drive home when two men wearing dark-colored masks, one of whom was armed with a handgun, forced the victim inside the house at 8:15 p.m.., police said.The assailants forced the victim to walk from room to room after they demanded money and property. They found his 72-year-old wife in the master bedroom, where the same demands were made of her.The masked duo tied both victims’ hands behind their backs before they fled with cash and jewelry.  The couple, who was not injured, then called 911.  There was no description of the suspects.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

  • Find your voice as a board member

    first_img“A credit union is not an ordinary financial concern… it is the expression in the field of economics of a high social ideal.”– Alphonse DesjardinsThe credit union movement has seen some significant changes since the days of figures like Alphonse Desjardins at the turn of the 20th century. One thing that’s never changed, however, is the need for informed, passionate voices to motivate, mobilize and drive real change.Credit union board members play an integral role in filling this need. As an active board member, you’re uniquely positioned to advocate for both your organization and other credit unions across the country. Of course, taking your first major steps into the world of credit union advocacy can be intimidating. Fortunately, board members have a wide array of resources available to become more involved in the dynamic world of credit union advocacy.Become more active in the credit union communityTo fully immerse yourself within the credit union movement, its culture and philosophy, you can’t beat the largest annual credit union advocacy event in the country.CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) is hosted every year in Washington D.C., and it’s not just credit union die-hards who take notice. Join in the tradition and Hike the Hill alongside industry leaders, and make sure your congressperson hears about the issues most important to your credit union and our movement. If you want to see as well as take part in an event felt throughout Washington and the rest of the country, set aside March 10-14, 2019 in your calendar and start making plans to attend.You can become more active at home in your community as well, encouraging advocacy among your members. CUNA Member Activation Program provides you with the tools to become an effective advocacy leader to your members. Keep up with the latest industry issuesStaying active in advocacy is critical but staying informed is what makes your actions effective. The credit union industry moves fast and knowing your way around current hot-button issues can be difficult when you have limited time to research.Fortunately, you can receive daily news and information through CUNA News to help you stay one step ahead. For a board-focused angle on current industry events, add Credit Union Directors Newsletter to your reading list.Find your footing and unique voiceOne of the greatest things about our movement is our ability to come together to deliver a unified message, and each individual voice brings its own nuance and perspective to the whole.Finding the answers to challenging questions in our industry will never be easy, but by working together year-round and sharing insights, board members can innovate and inspire as a group and as individuals. Discovering the right community to bring out your best can take time. Start by checking out CUNA Credit Union Board of Directors Community, a diverse and growing network of active board members.The first step is always the hardestWith so much to do and so many options available, deciding where to start is sometimes the greatest challenge of all. Once you build up momentum, though, the rest is sure to follow.Get involved today. To begin your personal journey to stronger credit union leadership and advocacy, visit cuna.org/board. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Indonesia confirms nearly 4,000 new COVID-19 cases, another daily record

    first_imgThe outbreak has reached 493 out of 514 municipalities and regencies in all 34 Indonesian provinces.Read also: Jokowi instructs Cabinet members to lower transmission in COVID-19 hot spots within 2 weeksJakarta remains the hardest-hit province with 57,469 cases and 1,481 deaths, followed by East Java with 39,181 cases and 2,867 deaths.Central Java, West Java and South Sulawesi are also among the hard-hit provinces with more than 10,000 confirmed cases.There are currently 100,236 suspected patients nationwide.The government has tested more than 1.62 million people and more than 2.75 specimens as of Wednesday. On the same day, health authorities also reported that more than 30,000 people had been tested.Topics : The Health Ministry reported 3,963 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, another daily high for the country, as the coronavirus outbreak has yet to reach its peak in the country.The ministry confirmed 135 new deaths due to COVID-19, also another record high for the nation.As of Wednesday, health authorities have confirmed a total of 228,993 cases across the country, as well as 164,101 recoveries and 9,100 deaths.last_img read more

  • Mad transfer market reaches zenith with Neymar deal

    first_imgPSG may have taken the world record, but English clubs lead the way overall thanks to the eye-watering money generated by the Premier League’s television rights deals.Across Manchester, City benefit from the Premier League’s wealth as well as the funds of their owners from Abu Dhabi.They have already spent more than £200 million in the transfer market, twice breaking the world record for a defender in the space of days with the recruits of Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco.Champions Chelsea have shelled out up to £150 million on Antonio Ruediger, Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Premier League clubs are not far from breaking their collective record spend from last year of just over £1 billion.The spending bug has caught on in Italy too, with AC Milan’s new Chinese owners lavishing over 100 million euros on a host of new signings, including Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus for 40 million euros.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 FILE PHOTO: Neymar silentParis, France | AFP | The arrival of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain in a 222 million-euro ($263.5 million, £200.6 million) world record move will have a significant knock-on effect on an already unbridled transfer market.In the summer of 2016, clubs in the five leading European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) spent a combined 3.3 billion euros, according to a study by financial experts Deloitte.With almost a month still to go in this summer’s window, the combined total is already approaching three billion euros, going by estimates from the specialist website Transfermarkt.And so PSG’s payment of the release clause in Neymar’s contract only confirms the trend in a record-breaking summer.“I don’t think £200 million for Neymar is expensive,” admitted the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, whose club previously broke the record last summer by paying £89 million to Juventus for Paul Pogba.“Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar — the problem is the consequences.”United have themselves splashed the cash this summer, spending close to £150 million including £75 million on Everton striker Romelu Lukako, a record deal between two British clubs.last_img read more

  • Mercedes’ Hamilton tells Ferrari to shape up

    first_imgFILE PHOTO:  Lewis HamiltonBaku, Azerbaijan | AFP | Lewis Hamilton has warned Ferrari to shape up and mount a serious title challenge after his Mercedes team swept the first four races of the season.The defending five-time world champion, who finished second behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, said the Italian team need to fight back hard to stay in contention to avert a similar Mercedes procession in next month’s Spanish Grand Prix.“Until they start to perform at the level we are now, then this is how it’s going to be,” said Hamilton, who slipped a point behind championship leader Bottas on Sunday when Mercedes collected a record season-opening fourth straight one-two.“We definitely didn’t expect to have this level of performance, but I am glad we do … I think the team is out-performing itself. They’re going to have to pick it up if they want to fight us.”Ferrari’s four-time champion Sebastian Vettel finished third and his team-mate Charles Leclerc fifth.“He is right,” said Vettel, who has not tasted victory since last year’s Belgian Grand Prix. “We need to pick it up. We need stronger pace. It is as simple as that. “It’s like a Rubik’s cube where you have to have everything in the right order. We have a good car, but we’re not using it to get the results we should be getting.”Ferrari’s optimism after dominating pre-season testing in Spain seems a distant memory after Sunday’s race and they badly need to rediscover their elan in Catalonia.Hamilton said he also wants a new display unit in his cockpit after losing time in a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period, falling from two seconds behind Bottas to 3.6 seconds.“It’s all fine margins,” said Hamilton. “Valtteri did a better job in qualifying, which put him in pole position. Then, at the start, another fine margin for him, which I will have to work on…”“There’s some things to fix on the dash to make sure it doesn’t happen again -— just technical stuff, nothing major… But again it’s all part of the fine margins that make the difference.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more