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Foley Family of Companies, Green Mountain Power and Small Dog Electronics are finalists for Deane C Davis Award

first_imgThis year’s competition for the highly anticipated Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award was impressive. All of the Vermont businesses who applied for this prestigious award were worthy but only three could be named as finalists. The finalists this year are The Foley Family of Companies of Rutland, Green Mountain Power of Colchester and Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield.  All three businesses exemplify the standards by which the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business Award nominees are judged.    One of these impressive finalists will be named the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year on Wednesday, May 25.  The award presentation ceremony will kick off the 27th annual Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Governor Peter Shumlin will present the award at 10 am in the foyer of the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. Until that time, one of the most important traditions of the award will remain intact; the winner’s identity is kept secret, even from the finalists, until the moment the award is presented. This year’s finalists exemplify the resourcefulness, innovation and success that radiates from all corners of the state capturing the essence of Vermont business. All share in common a dedication to their employees, communities and Vermont’s natural environment.  However, each tells a unique story of vision, commitment and growth.    Green Mountain Power is the second largest Vermont electric utility, providing electricity to 175,000 people and businesses.  The company has been in operation for 108 years, transforming from a traditional utility to an industry leader in technology, environmental stewardship and commitment to its workforce.   The Foley Family of Companies started in 1879, when Michael Foley purchased Goodwin’s Laundry in Rutland, Vermont.  The business grew over generations and eventually became Foley Laundry, a business still in operation today.  The Foley family used the small operation to launch new business ideas and in 1973, the Foley Family of Companies was created.  Today, the thriving business owns and operates The Party Store, Pistols & Roses, Foley Services and Foley Distributing.   Small Dog Electronics has been making a name for itself in the competitive electronic retail market since 1995. Recognized by Apple as the most knowledgeable Apple retailer in the U.S., Small Dog is the only Apple specialist and authorized Apple reseller in Vermont.  The growth and sustainability illustrated by Small Dog Electronics speaks to the high company standards outlined in their mission statement.  This business has a strong commitment to people, planet, and profit.  In an effort to recognize and honor Vermont’s best companies, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award in 1990. Named for the former Governor of Vermont, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Commitment to the environment and dedication to employee relations are key components to receiving the award. Join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine as we unveil this year’s award recipient at the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO on Wednesday, May 25 at 10 am during the Opening Ceremonies.Vermont Business Magazine is the state’s most respected business publication. Since 1972, VBM has published statewide business news, economic and political news and commentary, business and individual profiles, data, analysis and statistics in a monthly magazine. For more than a decade it has published online and now reports daily through its industry-leading, free email newsletter. VBM also publishes three annual publications: Vermont Business & Manufacturers Directory; The Book of Lists; and Ask the Experts/Profiles. Along with the Deane Davis Award, VBM sponsors or co-sponsors the Centennial Business Awards, Best Places to Work in Vermont Awards, SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award, 5x5x5 Growth Awards, and the Rising Star Awards.www.vermontbiz.comThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest state-wide 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

Costa Rica and U.S. Coast Guards Cooperate in Major Drug Seizure

first_img Colombian National Army dismantles terrorist camps On January 20 in the northern Department of Córdoba, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 33 dismantled a clandestine, coca paste-processing laboratory owned by the FARC’s 58th Front. There, they destroyed 13 gallons of liquid chemicals, a spray pump, a coca leaf press, and other equipment. Costa Rican Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa, who said the marijuana was destined for his country, described the bust as the first important marijuana seizure of the year after Costa Rica confiscated more than seven metric tons of the drug in 2014. By Dialogo January 23, 2015 Meanwhile, in the Departments of Meta and Boyacá, the Army destroyed two camps – one belonging to the FARC and one to the ELN – both on January 20. The first camp, which was found in Meta before being dismantled by Army Troops, accommodated seven members of the FARC’s Joselo Lozada Front. The Army’s Second Division destroyed the second camp in Boyacá, which was used by the ELN’s José David Suárez Front. During that operation, Soldiers found a handmade bomb at the camp. That’s when a U.S. P3 surveillance plane informed Costa Rican and Colombian security forces about a suspicious vessel about 32 kilometers off the Costa Rican coast. When Costa Rica’s Coast Guard interdicted the vessel, they collected 38 bags of marijuana that had been tossed overboard by the five crew members, who were all captured. Three of the suspects are Jamaican nationals, one is Nicaraguan, and one is Costa Rican, they said. On January 20 in the northern Department of Córdoba, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 33 dismantled a clandestine, coca paste-processing laboratory owned by the FARC’s 58th Front. There, they destroyed 13 gallons of liquid chemicals, a spray pump, a coca leaf press, and other equipment. And in the Department of Cauca, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 109 unit destroyed a field containing 3,500 coca plants. The Army is investigating who owned the coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. The Colombian National Army carried out several counter-narcotics operations in five Departments from January 20-21, primarily targeting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), which use proceeds from drug trafficking to finance their terrorist operations. In the Department of Norte de Santander, Troops with the Army’s Vulcano Task Force cleared two ELN minefields. The ELN had planted 25 kilograms of explosives throughout the fields, which serve as a common passage for Soldiers patrolling the area. The first camp, which was found in Meta before being dismantled by Army Troops, accommodated seven members of the FARC’s Joselo Lozada Front. The Army’s Second Division destroyed the second camp in Boyacá, which was used by the ELN’s José David Suárez Front. During that operation, Soldiers found a handmade bomb at the camp. The Coast Guards from Costa Rica and the United States recently cooperated to seize a metric ton of high-grade marijuana and capture five suspects. The operation took place off the Caribbean coast of the Costa Rican province of Limón on January 18. The following day, on January 21, the Army’s Ground Combat Battalion No. 143 destroyed 60 kilograms of processed coca leaves in an ELN drug laboratory in the municipality of Teorama in the Department of Norte de Santander. Costa Rican Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa, who said the marijuana was destined for his country, described the bust as the first important marijuana seizure of the year after Costa Rica confiscated more than seven metric tons of the drug in 2014. The Colombian National Army carried out several counter-narcotics operations in five Departments from January 20-21, primarily targeting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), which use proceeds from drug trafficking to finance their terrorist operations. Meanwhile, in the Departments of Meta and Boyacá, the Army destroyed two camps – one belonging to the FARC and one to the ELN – both on January 20. That’s when a U.S. P3 surveillance plane informed Costa Rican and Colombian security forces about a suspicious vessel about 32 kilometers off the Costa Rican coast. When Costa Rica’s Coast Guard interdicted the vessel, they collected 38 bags of marijuana that had been tossed overboard by the five crew members, who were all captured. Three of the suspects are Jamaican nationals, one is Nicaraguan, and one is Costa Rican, they said. The following day, on January 21, the Army’s Ground Combat Battalion No. 143 destroyed 60 kilograms of processed coca leaves in an ELN drug laboratory in the municipality of Teorama in the Department of Norte de Santander. And in the Department of Cauca, Soldiers with the Army’s Ground Combat No. 109 unit destroyed a field containing 3,500 coca plants. The Army is investigating who owned the coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. In the Department of Norte de Santander, Troops with the Army’s Vulcano Task Force cleared two ELN minefields. The ELN had planted 25 kilograms of explosives throughout the fields, which serve as a common passage for Soldiers patrolling the area. Colombian National Army dismantles terrorist camps The Coast Guards from Costa Rica and the United States recently cooperated to seize a metric ton of high-grade marijuana and capture five suspects. The operation took place off the Caribbean coast of the Costa Rican province of Limón on January 18. last_img read more

Southampton Car Chase Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Southampton Town Police have apprehended a suspect wanted for fleeing officers who tried to stop him for driving a stolen vehicle last week, authorities said.Carlos Garcia was arrested Monday and charged with grand larceny.Police said the 21-year-old man fled Stony Brook University police who spotted him driving a stolen car near the Southampton campus Thursday.Garcia fled on foot after he jumped out of the moving vehicle, causing it to crash, police said.He was also charged with burglary of a cell phone from an AT&T store Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays last August, police said.He will be arraigned Tuesday at Southampton Town Justice Court.last_img

TILA-RESPA deadline countdown

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUs face big mortgage documentation decisions before Aug. 1, 2015.by: John LevyThe close of another year naturally causes most people to think about the year ahead. For our industry, it is a time to ponder such questions as, what will be the defining trends? What will be next year’s biggest stories? What do we face as our primary compliance challenges?This last question might be bringing most credit unions to a screeching halt. Not that managing burgeoning regulatory changes is anything new to today’s executives, but there are some fairly serious deadlines looming. Realize it or not, we are less than a year from the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with a go-live date of Aug. 1, 2015. The new rule is meant to make the information on mortgage disclosures easier for consumers to understand by consolidating forms required under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as eliminating miscellany data.The TILA-RESPA rule is meant to create a friendlier borrower atmosphere. For instance, two new documents—the loan estimate and the closing disclosure–will consolidate several other forms previously used, simplifying the consumer’s experience. Also, it is supposed to ensure there is no extra, unnecessary data on disclosures, making the display format more convenient for the borrower to view and understand. An example would be removing the option for zeros or N/As to display on documents that disclose costs and the APR. The key is to show only the information relevant to a  particular borrower’s situation. continue reading »last_img read more

New study highlights what makes people switch credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Fee transparency, inertia, and friends and family are three of the biggest determinants in whether a member joins a new credit union or engages with another financial institution, according to new research from Chicago-based Yes Marketing.The firm’s survey of 1,000 financial services customers found that 43% of respondents first heard about their current financial services provider from family or friends, and 57% said the thing that most influenced their trust in that financial institution was whether it provided comprehensive, up-front information about fees, rates and services.“More than 40% of customers selected their last financial services company based on the recommendation of family and friends,” the report said. “Additionally, more than half (53%) say they chose not to use a company because of negative feedback from family/friends.”Competitive rates and fees were the biggest draw to a new financial services provider for 42% of the respondents; 22% said it was the variety of services available. Only 13% of the respondents said the institution’s ability to protect member information would influence them to use a financial services provider they’ve never used before, and only 10% said the same for branch and ATM proximity. Five percent or fewer said the mobile app, customer service reputation and the convenience of the enrollment process were the most significant factors for them.last_img read more

Baldwinsville indoor track stars compete at state meet

first_imgA group of Baldwinsville’s top indoor track and field athletes would make noise during last Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Staten Island’s Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.Much of the Bees’ presence centered around the duo of Lauren Addario and Karen Ekure, each of whom took part in mulitple events.Addario was nearly in the top 10 of qualifiers for the triple jump, having gone 37 feet 11 ½ inches during the season. Here, Addario’s best leap was 36’6” on her first attempt, followed by a 36’5” and 35’11 3/4”. That put her in 14th place overall as the state title went to North Rockland’s Nadia Saunders, who went 40’4 1/2”.Also, Addario joined Ekure in the 55-meter dash, where Ekure had finished in 7.32 seconds and Addario in 7.41 on their way to the state meet.Ekure’s time of 7.45 seconds would put her in 21st place, while Addario’s 7.56 had her 26th. Ultimately, it took breaking seven seconds to win the state championship, which Schalmont’s Mia D’Ambrosio did by finishing in 6.95 seconds. Tags: Baldwinsvilleindoor trackcenter_img Together, Addario and Ekure, along with Courtney Bostic and Hannah Johnson, pushed the Bees to the 4×200 relay, where it posted a time of 1:54.51 to gain 20th place, Huntington taking state honors with 1:40.27.On the boys side, B’ville had Connor Waldron take part in the 600-meter run. Having run 1:25 flat to reach the state meet, Waldron improved to 1:24.88 and finished 21st overall as Springfield Gardens’ Reheem Hayles won in 1:18.48.Also, Steven Miller was in the weight throw, where he looked to top his 54’11 1/2” he had thrown earlier this season.Here, Miller would go 51’8 1/4” and take 25th place, just one spot behind Liverpool’s Jalen Graham (52’2”) as Commack’s Nick Pisciotta won with a heave of 75’6”, more than four feet ahead of the nearest thrower.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Syracuse’s magical run falls 1 game short of title in 82-51 loss to Connecticut

first_imgEvan Jenkins | Staff Photographer Utilizing that same full-court press defense and quick-strike offense, Syracuse turned things around with a 16-0 run in the third quarter.“We’re never going to be the victim,” Hillsman said. “Victims lay down.”But even that run wasn’t enough to stop the Huskies from winning their 73rd consecutive game. It only trimmed a 33-point deficit to 17.Hillsman described the matchup on Monday between two teams, “one that’s great, one that’s trying to be great.” While his team was for a stretch, only UConn achieved what it wanted.“Streaks are meant to end,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said on Monday before pausing. “Some day.”Tuesday wasn’t that day.After losing to No. 2 Notre Dame by 11 points in the ACC championship game, Hillsman boldly proclaimed that his team could still be playing one month later.“Everybody starts off 0-0,” Hillsman said, “so we should get two games at home, we play pretty well at home. We should have moved up somewhere 4 seed, we should be a pretty high 4 seed, go on the road to a very favorable matchup, win those two, Final Four, win that one, championship game, win that one, cut down some nets.“Normally that’s how it works.”Each part of Hillsman’s path went exactly according to plan until Tuesday.SU’s matchup with women’s basketball’s goliath was too much to handle. And for the fourth straight season, UConn was the team celebrating on the season’s final day. It’s not how Hillsman envisioned it, but for the rest of the sport, that’s how it works. Comments INDIANAPOLIS — Cornelia Fondren walked off the court and hugged Quentin Hillsman. Then she hugged Alexis Peterson. And then she took a seat on the bench and watched the final minute of her career tick off the clock. She joined Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler and Taylor Ford, the group that made up Syracuse’s best senior class in program history as their magical season of firsts came to an end one short of the ultimate prize.Sykes stood on the sideline with tears in her eyes absorbing the moment.“I was just taking in the last few seconds on the clock to realize what we accomplished this year,” she said. “…We’re going to forever remember this feeling.”As the confetti rained down from the rafters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Fondren walked to the locker room with her jersey pulled up over her eyes. Peterson walked off the court with a smile on her face waving to the crowd. After setting record after record, it was Connecticut celebrating the most significant one on Tuesday night.For the first time in women’s college basketball history, a team won its fourth consecutive national championship. No. 1 seed Connecticut (38-0, 18-0 American Athletic) beat No. 4 seed Syracuse (30-8, 13-3 Atlantic Coast), 82-51, to claim its 11th title in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Breanna Stewart, the North Syracuse native and former No. 1 recruit in the country, was a freshman at UConn, she said her goal was to win four rings. Mission accomplished.“Well, you come here to win the game, obviously,” said Hillsman, SU’s head coach. “I thought in spurts we played pretty good, but we have to be able to rebound the ball and do the little things to beat great teams.”Within the first six minutes of the game, center Briana Day picked up two fouls. After each one, both she and Hillsman complained to the refs. But just like everything else Syracuse did on Tuesday, it didn’t matter. Nothing could derail the Huskies on its coronation night, even a 16-point third-quarter run.Sykes hit the Orange’s first basket of the game, but on UConn’s next possession, Stewart answered with a mid-range jumper. Taylor Ford hit SU’s first 3 of the night, but on UConn’s next possession Morgan Tuck backed down Bria Day and made her layup at the rim look easy. Brianna Butler, the nation’s leader in 3-pointers, hit her first. But on UConn’s next possession Moriah Jefferson beat the buzzer with a 3 of her own while falling down.At the end of the first quarter, SU was already down by 15.“I don’t think it was nerves at all,” Sykes said. “We came into the game just as confident as UConn was. We were just rushing some shots and we weren’t really getting our defense set up.”A month ago, Peterson said Syracuse could compete with the best team in the country. After winning 16 of its last 17 games, the Orange couldn’t. Seemingly every time SU made a successful play, it was followed up with an unsuccessful one. Connecticut picked apart Syracuse’s full-court press, its half-court 2-3 zone and dominated by getting fouled and making 20 shots from the free-throw line. Published on April 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more