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Vermont Chamber of Commerce names 2011-2012 Top Ten Winter Events

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces the highly anticipated 2011-2012 Top Ten Winter Events.  Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont’s best activities, selected for their diversity, wide appeal, and consistency with Vermont’s brand. Vicky Tebbetts, Vermont Chamber Senior VP, noted, ‘Vermont is known for being a destination in which to relax, reconnect with friends and family, get outdoors, and get back to basics. This year’s Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events feature time-honored traditions as well as contemporary experiences from all regions of the state.’ The Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events take place from November 2011 through March 2012. The winners in chronological order are: Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & MuseumWoodstock, November 25 ‘ 27, 2011, 10 am ‘ 3:30 pmWalk back in time during Thanksgiving at Frederick Billings’ 1890 farmhouse. Visitors are greeted by costumed interpreters as they demonstrate cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the historic kitchen. Relax in the Victorian parlor and learn how the American Thanksgiving evolved; ride in horse drawn wagons around the farm fields. Adults $12, seniors $11, students (5-15) $6, ages 3-4 $3, 2 and under free. www.billingsfarm.org(link is external), 802-457-2355. Vermont International FestivalEssex Junction, December 2-4, 2011, Fri. 5 – 8 pm, Sat. 10 am ‘ 6 pm, Sun. 10 am ‘ 5 pmThe Vermont International Festival is a unique, unforgettable celebration of the cultures that comprise our community. Find crafts from all over the world, ethnic and gourmet foods, and traditional international music, dance and stories. Local cultural and ethnic organizations provide information about their programs with exhibits, demonstrations and workshops. This annual gala offers a fun environment in which to learn and experience new things and appreciate other cultures. Admission is good for the entire weekend: individuals $6, seniors 65+ $3, children 6-12 $3, family passes $15. www.vermontinternationalfestival.com(link is external), 802-863-6713. Christmas in WestonWeston, December 3, 2011, 11 am ‘ 4 pmAn old-fashioned Christmas festival! Tours, sleigh rides, Santa, caroling and more. Experience the Vermont Country Store, the Museum Mill, the Old Parish Church, and many other locations throughout Weston. Free. www.westonvt.com(link is external) or www.yourplaceinvermont.com(link is external), 802-228-5830. Coolidge Holiday Open HousePlymouth Notch, December 11, 2011, 10 am ‘ 4 pmEnjoy the traditions of the season at Plymouth Notch ‘ one of Vermont’s most picturesque villages. Visit the Coolidge Birthplace decorated as it would have been in 1872, the year the future president was born. Several other historic buildings are also open free of charge. www.historicvermont.org/coolidge(link is external), 802-672-3773. First Night BurlingtonBurlington, December 31, 2011, noon ‘ midnightFirst Night Burlington is Vermont’s largest one-day event, celebrating New Year’s Eve in downtown Burlington. This substance-free performing arts festival is in 20 different venues downtown and is fun for all ages! Adults $18, kids $5, family pack $39. www.firstnightburlington.com(link is external), 802-863-6005. 2012 Stowe Winter CarnivalStowe, January 16-29, 2012The 38th Annual Stowe Winter Carnival, ‘The Greatest Stowe on Earth,’ is a fourteen-day festival that takes place in the heart of quintessential Stowe, Vermont. The town comes alive in late January with a celebration of winter sports and the arts. Events such as the Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball Tournaments, Stowe Schuss Ski Race, and the 12th Annual Ice Carving Festival entice everyone to the outdoors! Free for spectators, some entry fees for participants. www.stowewintercarnival.com(link is external), 802-777-5510. Chester Winter CarnivalChester, February 17-19, 2012Fun for all ages! Events are guaranteed to get one outside for winter fun. Sled races, dog sled rides, skating outdoors and broom hockey warm one’s heart and evoke laughter on the coldest February days! Free admission. www.chester.govoffice.com(link is external) or www.yourplaceinvermont.com(link is external), 802-875-2693. 30th Annual U.s. Open SnowboardingStratton Mountain, March 4-11, 2012, 9 am ‘ 5 pmThe final stop of the Burton Global Open Series and the longest standing snowboarding event on the planet. Come watch as amateurs compete on the same platform as the world’s best riders including Vermont superstars Louie Vito, Hannah Teter, and 2011 defending champion Kelly Clark. Free. www.stratton.com(link is external), 800-STRATTON. Vermont Chili FestivalMiddlebury, March 10, 2012, 2 ‘ 4 pmWarm up with the Better Middlebury Partnership’s 4th Annual Vermont Chili Festival! Taste the best of the best from restaurants and caterers around the state, when they flock to historic downtown Middlebury. Cast your vote for the award-winning chili! The event includes activities for all ages. Adults $3, children under 12 $2. www.bettermiddleburypartnership.org(link is external), 802-388-4126. Green Mountain Film FestivalMontpelier, March 16-25, 2012Expect the best at the Green Mountain Film Festival – one won’t be disappointed. Powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere make this ten-day event an audience favorite. ‘I traveled the world without leaving Vermont,’ is frequent spectator sentiment. Admission fees vary. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org(link is external), 802-262-3423.  The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.last_img read more


Annual financial gut check

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Woods Joe Woods, CUDE is a 15-year credit union veteran.  He has spent time with Corporate One FCU, Liberty Enterprises, co-founded Legacy Member Services and was part of the senior management … Web: www.dolphindebit.com Details It’s time for a gut check. How are your finances? Did you just get nauseous? Even if you’re in great financial shape, talking about finances can make you queasy.  It’s very common.  Discussing personal finances can be uncomfortable.  Just like talking religion or politics. Maybe it’s because we don’t know enough about our finances or how money works to ever feel completely comfortable.Or, maybe we just spend more than we make.  Study after study and countless articles touch on a growing debt crisis.  How could that be, you ask?  Employment is at record or near record highs and the economy is stable. All signs are pointing up.  But, the arrow is also pointing to our rising personal debt.  Just look to Visa & Mastercard.  They are achieving double-digit growth in their credit card portfolios.How is this happening? For starters, let’s look at your budget and focus on the requirements:  Housing & Healthcare.  Both have risen in cost significantly over the last several decades. We can hide the rising cost of housing by looking only at cost per square foot figures.  But, when is the last time you saw a neighborhood being built in the suburbs that had homes with average square footage of 1,800. The cost for that house may be reasonable.  But, it’s not being built.  Newly constructed homes are consistently clipping the 3,000 mark with square footage. And that is a very large expense.What about healthcare? Well, healthcare continues to outpace personal income in terms of year-over-year growth.  When is the last time your annual pay increased 8%?  Healthcare climbs at that rate annually.  As does the cost for higher education.  Now, some of us may not have to worry about the cost of college. But, many do.  And we are seeing the effects of a hyper-inflated cost of tuition.  Pew Charitable Trusts just published an article stating 20% of college loans are in default.  That means one in five former students hasn’t made a payment on their student loan debt in over 270 days.  And the numbers are even bigger if you look at those that haven’t made payments in the last 180 days.Not only does it cost a lot more to live, but many in the younger generations are starting out with significant debt.  Imagine graduating college, starting your new job and every month you make a $300+ payment to your student loans.  That’s an incredible hole to dig yourself out of.How can we stop or curb this growing debt crisis?  Credit Unions are perfectly suited to help with financial education, budgeting tools, smart lending programs, etc.  And members need to step up and do their part as well.  That $5 latte has replaced a pack of cigarettes as the new daily addiction that needs to be addressed.  I daily latte drinker spends about $1,500 per year on their morning joe.  $1,500 annually over 18 years is over $27,000 that you can invest in a 529 college plan for your child.  And you not only help your child eliminate future debt issues.  You show them how to be good stewards with their money.last_img read more


Betty Lou Bustle, 78, Dabney

first_imgBetty Lou Bustle, 78, of Dabney passed away at 1pm, Monday, April 8, 2019 at her home. She was born near New Marion on June 28, 1941 the daughter of Clyde and Goldah Wilson Curran. She was married to Dean Bustle on April 1, 1958 and her husband of 61 years survives. Other survivors include four sons Gary (Margaret) Bustle of Fargo, North Dakota, Mike (Michelle) Bustle of Commiskey, and Mark Bustle and Brian Bustle both of Dabney; one daughter Terri Smith of Independence, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Ricky, her brother Charles Curran, and her sister Ruth McHenry. Mrs. Bustle was a homemaker and a former employee of Hopkin’s Store in Holton. She enjoyed her large family and also spent time doing puzzles, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and playing bingo. Betty was a member of the Holton Christian Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 12th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more


Central Ark. looks to sweep McNeese St.

first_img Associated Press Central Ark. looks to sweep McNeese St. LEADING THE WAY: The do-everything Sha’markus Kennedy has averaged a double-double (17.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and three blocks) to lead the charge for the Cowboys. A.J. Lawson is also a key facilitator, producing 16.3 points and four assists per game. The Bears are led by Rylan Bergersen, who is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds.DIALING IT UP A NOTCH: The Bears have scored 80.3 points per game and allowed 78 points per game against Southland opponents. Those are both nice improvements over the 68.8 points scored and 94.8 points allowed per game to non-conference opponents.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Lawson has accounted for 43 percent of all McNeese State field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 19 field goals and 18 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: McNeese State is a perfect 7-0 when it turns the ball over 13 times or fewer. The Cowboys are 5-11 when they record more than 13 turnovers. Central Arkansas has forced 14.3 turnovers per game in conference play and 15 per game over its last three.THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: McNeese State’s Dru Kuxhausen has attempted 188 3-pointers and connected on 50.5 percent of them, and is 17 for 33 over the last five games. February 6, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Arkansas (7-16, 6-6) vs. McNeese State (12-11, 7-5)H&HP Complex, Lake Charles, Louisiana; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: McNeese State seeks revenge on Central Arkansas after dropping the first matchup in Conway. The teams last played on Jan. 4, when the Bears outshot McNeese State from the field 48.1 percent to 41.7 percent and hit five more 3-pointers en route to a 10-point victory. DID YOU KNOW: The McNeese State offense has scored 80.9 points per game this season, ranking the Cowboys 12th nationally. The Central Arkansas defense has allowed 84.1 points per game to opponents (ranked 321st).___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more


Westport Winery Earns Best In Class At Capitol Food and Wine…

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned three medals including a Best in Class at the 2015 Capitol Food and Wine Festival held on March 28, in Lacey, Washington.Rapture of the Deep, Westport’s iconic sparkling cranberry wine, earned a gold medal and was named Best Fruit Wine at the event. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Aberdeen’s Driftwood Theater.Smoky Nor’wester earned gold medal. This wine is composed of 95% Sangiovese from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA and 5% Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. This wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips.Elk River Riesling won a bronze medal. These grapes also come from Red Willow Vineyard. This wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.Westport Winery’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.Launch spring at the winery’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Destination. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more