Before closing the book on William R. Fitzsimmons’s turn answering reader questions about Harvard, we wanted to reflect a bit more on the content of those questions — which ultimately topped 900.Read full story
The folks at Boo Bicycles showed us the Aluboo in detail at NAHBS with promises of a Kickstarter campaign launching just after the show. They’ve held true to their word, and the fundraiser’s off to a good start!In a nutshell, the Aluboo is an alloy and bamboo framed bicycle that’s versatile in its uses. It can be made to run thick tires or thin, disc brakes or rim calipers, flat handlebars or drops, chains or belts, gears or not. The point in developing this bike was to make something with the ride characteristics of bamboo without the huge price tag of a full custom ‘boo and carbon fiber bike.Head on over to their Kickstarter page and pick up a frameset for a pledge of $645 or a complete bike for as little as $945. For $3,995, you can travel to Vietnam and tour their bamboo farm and manufacturing facility, ride around with the builder and more! Click past the break for the full list of options…Options:120mm spacing (track, single-speed, or fixed-gear setup)130mm spacing (road/urban/cyclocross setup)135mm spacing (internally-geared hub setup)Derailleur hanger, or no hangerRear disc brake mount, cantilever studs, or standard road caliperBreakable, so you can ditch the chain for a belt drive–no lubrication and no mess!Other features:Clearance for up to 40mm cyclocross/touring tiresFender mounts front and rearRack mounts–carry a huge load with pannier bagsRemovable cable guides for front and rear derailleurs and rear brakeRoad, cantilever, and disc brake mountsFull belt drive compatibility, up to a 50t front Gates CenterTrack ring
The State Board of Education elected officers at its March 20, 2012 meeting, the Department of Education announced today. Stephan Morse of Newfane was elected Board chair, and Kathy Larsen of Wilmington will continue serving as vice-chair. ‘My approach as Board chair is to be all inclusive, and hopefully reach consensus on key issues,’ said Morse. ‘I plan to meet frequently with education leaders. There will be differences along the way, but the goal is to find agreement where we can. We owe it to our students to speak with one voice.’ Morse was born in Springfield, Vermont on April 1, 1947. He served as Newfane Zoning Administrator from 1971-74; on the Board of Selectman from 1974-77 and as chairman from 1975-77. Morse served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1977 to 1984. He was Assistant Majority Leader in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1979 and Majority Leader in 1980. He served as Vermont Speaker of the House from 1981-84. He served as President and C.E.O. of the Windham Foundation until 2008. Most recently he served on the Next Generation Commission in 2006 and was appointed to the District #2 Environmental Commission in 2008. In 2009, Morse was appointed to chair the task force examining the Vermont State Colleges and University of Vermont systems to determine what academic and administrative efficiencies could be achieved through their consolidation. Morse was reappointed to the Board after filling a vacant seat, and his term will expire in 2017. Kathy Larsen of Wilmington spent her 33-year career teaching Vermont students. She spent one year as a paraprofessional, 24 years as a primary grade teacher, and eight as an elementary teaching principal. After one year in Williston, she spent the rest of her career at Deerfield Valley Elementary School, retiring in 2005. She also does mentoring and Formative Assessment Project trainings, as well as some substitute teaching to stay in touch with students and acting as interim principal. She serves as a member of the advisory board for the Wings Community Program afterschool program and the Deerfield Valley Health Care Volunteers local healthcare assistance program. Her term expires in 2013.In addition, new Board member Bonnie Johnson-Aten, who was appointed by Governor Shumlin earlier this month, participated in her first meeting. Johnson-Aten, a resident of Montpelier, has served as principal at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington since 2006, replaces Fayneese Miller of South Burlington, whose term on the board expired in February.She has previously worked as House Director at Champlain Valley High School, and Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at U-32 in Washington County. In addition, Johnson-Aten was Policy Analyst for former Gov. Howard Dean, and Diversity-Equity Coordinator for the Burlington School District. She received her Masters in Education from Union Institute & University at Vermont College in Montpelier.More information about the State Board, including membership and meeting agendas, can be found at http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/mainboard.html(link is external). VTDOE 3.20.2012
Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, the largest resort and vacation home real estate agency in Vermont, is reporting a spike in luxury and second home sales exemplifying a growing trend in vacation markets across the country. More specifically, the real estate agency is seeing a rise in home sales in excess of a million dollars. They recently announced eight sales of luxury homes in the million-dollar plus category including the most recent sale of a Dorset residence, on July 11th, which sold for $2.5 million. In addition, a luxury slope-side home on Stratton Mountain that is listed for $4.25 million is expected to close by the end of the July. ‘There’s no doubt that the Vermont luxury home market is heating up,’said Lisa Coneeny, President and Principal Broker at Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International. ‘As the economy continues to rebound, we are seeing a stronger market with more sales in the million-dollar plus category.’ According to Coneeny, a total of 49 properties sold for over $1 million in 2012 and year to date in 2013, there have been 36 properties that closed for over $1 million. Vermont’s increase in second home sales is exemplary of what’s happening across the country in major vacation markets. According to the National Realtors Association, second-home sales climbed 11 percent last year to 553,000. A meaningful uptick in vacation-home transactions is expected to continue through the end of the year. Serving as the largest resort and vacation home real estate agency in the state, Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty has a database of over 450 listings. From mountainside condos to sprawling country estates, they have access to some of the state’s most coveted properties. For more information, or to reach one of their five offices, visit vermontcountryproperties.com. Source: (MANCHESTER, VT) July 26, 2013 ‘Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International RealtyAbout Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s InternationalAs the largest resort and vacation home real estate agency in the state, Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is a proven expert in buying, selling and renting Vermont homes, Vermont ski homes, ski-in/ski-out condos, equestrian estates, buildable land and more. Offering unparalleled seller and buyer representation, VCP offers local expertise coupled with unmatched regional, national and global connections obtained through a worldwide network. With representatives and offices throughout the state, Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty are long-time Vermont residents with a deep and abiding love for Vermont, its towns and people. For more information, please visit VermontCountryProperties.com.
Price Chopper Supermarkets,Vermont Business Magazine This September, Price Chopper/Market 32 is once again joining forces with the American Red Cross to raise funds that will support families impacted by disasters. From September 1 – 30, Price Chopper/Market 32 customers can donate $1 or $5 at checkout each time they shop to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Price Chopper/Market 32 will match all donations made during the month, up to $5,000.Last year, in the wake of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season, Price Chopper/Market 32 teammates and customers raised more than $150,000 to support Red Cross Hurricane Relief. The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year, nationwide, and Price Chopper/Market 32 is committed to helping people affected by disasters big and small.“Given that the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, we know how important it is for them to have emergency response funds at the ready. We are proud that the collective generosity of Price Chopper/Market 32’s customers and teammates, in addition to our corporate match, supports neighbors near and far whose lives have been altered by disaster,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32’s vice president of public relations and consumer services.“Here in our region, Red Cross volunteers provide relief to families impacted by home fires and other emergencies every day. That relief is available immediately thanks to generous donors in our community who ensure that we are ready to respond each time disaster strikes,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “The support we receive in September from Price Chopper/Market 32 and their customers helps to ensure that we can provide relief to disaster victims down the street and across the country all year long. We’re very grateful for this partnership.”For more information about Red Cross Disaster Relief, please visit www.redcross.org/disaster-relief(link is external).About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org(link is external) or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross(link is external).CONCORD, NH / BURLINGTON, VT. REGION – Wednesday, August 30, 2018 – Price Chopper,Yes
Vermont and New York Teams Playing in Global Video Game MarathonVermont Business Magazine This Saturday November 3, more than 200 people throughout Vermont and Northern New York will try to top each other, and competitors around the world, playing Dungeons & Dragons, Mario Brothers and many other video games for 24 hours straight. Players have been hard at work raising money from friends, relatives and community members to sponsor their efforts in the annual “Extra Life” event, with the proceeds supporting programs and services at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.Extra Life unites thousands of people around the world to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals, with contributions totaling more than $40 million since the program started 10 years ago. The UVM Children’s Hospital, the only CMN member in the state, has received $341,500 since it began participating in Extra Life in 2011.Noah Cohen of St George leads “Team Mastermind” in the Extra Life video game fundraiser. UVMMC photo.All of the money raised locally goes to the UVM Children’s Hospital to help cover the costs of a variety of programs in clinical care, research and education. Proceeds have paid for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit studies, chairs in the Infusion Bay for children who need IV therapies, updates to a teen room, and portable cribs provided to families that qualify as part of the Safe Sleep project.“The funds we raise are incredibly important to our patient care,” said Jacqueline Woodwell, event supervisor for the UVM Medical Center Foundation. “We’re so grateful to the local businesses and community members who devote so much time to make this event a success.”Mike Driscoll, of Williston, Vt., participates in the marathon as a way to show his appreciation for the care his son received when he needed a series of surgeries as an infant.“I knew I wanted to give back to the Children’s Hospital in some way, and this was a way to do it,” said Driscoll. “I can play video games for a day straight and make money and do good with it.” To learn more about Extra Life, or to register to play on Saturday November 3 in support of the UVM Children’s Hospital, visit Extra-Life.org(link is external).About The University of Vermont Children’s HospitalFrom the maternity unit to the emergency department and from our Children’s Specialty Center to our pediatric primary care clinics, The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital offers a welcoming child and family-friendly atmosphere with high-quality pediatric care. In partnership with The University of Vermont Medical Center, The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital delivers expert care grounded in the latest research to residents throughout Vermont and northern New York. It is fully accredited by the Children’s Hospital Association. For more information go to www.uvmhealth.org/childrens(link is external) or contact 802-847-0000.Source: UVMMC (Burlington, VT) 10.30.2018
TriSports.com is continuing increasing sustainability efforts throughout its retail operations. Celebrating Earth Day, the company has multiple programs in place to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint.TriSports provides tours of its facility in Tucson, Arizona, to students, business professionals, engineers and architects to demonstrate how a company can adopt any number of these conservation programs and its eco- friendly facility design that has made TriSports nationally and internationally recognized for its sustainable business practices.The most recent green business practice that was adopted was its transition from corrugated boxes to new packaging that use 23 times less energy and six times less carbon dioxide. The bags are 100% recyclable, made of recycled materials, and will reduce the environmental impact by lessening energy consumption by 91%.Since 2010, TriSports has been water harvesting using two, 18,000 gallon tanks. Last year the company had its best year so far and collected 99,970 gallons of water, which exceeded 2014’s record by 28%, over 28,000 gallons. The water harvested is used for the company’s irrigation and other gray water needs.In 2011, TriSports installed a 128 kW solar array which has prevented 74,857 pounds of methane and 1,570,920 pounds of CO2 from air pollution. Last year, TriSports produced 233,241 kWh of solar energy, surpassing production estimates by 10,053 kWh.Through these environmentally friendly business practices, the company has hit another sustainability milestone by generating 1.03 GWh of energy, while conserving 516,682 gallons of water and 80,180 gallons of gasoline in its lifetime.Debbie Claggett, TriSports Vice President, explained the importance of employee backing, “Every staff member contributes to our sustainability efforts, from the day-to-day conservation to the larger, departmental decisions that may impact our carbon footprint. With all hands working to achieve excellence in our sustainability core value, we are able to make greater environmental strides.”Another program in place to support efforts to decrease the organization’s ecological impact is the TriSports Commuter Program, which started in 2009 and has generated 220,000 miles to date. This year alone, employees have added 345 trips and over 4,100 miles to the commuter total. TriSports encourages commuting through a rewards program, ample bike storage, and access to lockers and showers for staff members.The company continues its sustainability practices through its recycling program. TriSports reduces much of its waste and energy, while reusing what it can and recycling as much shipping and office material as possible. Packaging that can be reused is repurposed, and all paper, excluding confidential documents, is used again, then recycled.TriSports oversees recycling of wetsuits, bicycle tyres, CDs/DVDs and bicycle parts, the last being sent to Resource Revival to be ‘rebirthed as artwork’. Additionally, used shoes are collected at TriSports, and the company has partnered with a local charity to donate customers’ old shoes for reuse within the Tucson community.Through its numerous sustainability programs, TriSports is lessening the environmental impact of commerce and leading the way in industrial conservation.www.trisports.com Related
This dog was found Monday in Prairie Village.Dog found near 77th Street and Norwood in Prairie Village. Reader Kathy Casteel let us know her family had found a dog without any contact info on her tag running around near 77th and Norwood in Prairie Village Monday. They plan on taking the dog to animal control today, but if you know whose dog it is, you can contact the Casteels at 816-809-3679.Tim Grimes story makes front of KC Star sports section. Kansas City Star sports writer Sam Mellinger used his Sunday column to share the story of Tim Grimes, the SM East graduate recently diagnosed with stage four cancer: “The Royals’ winning ways have given Tim and his friends a rallying point. They’d find something else without baseball, certainly, but it probably wouldn’t be as fun. Dude, one of them texted the other day, I know this is serious but this is the most fun I’ve had in a while. Tim smiled. Me too, he wrote back.” [Royals’ playoff push has special meaning to fan diagnosed with cancer — Kansas City Star]Brownback court appointment draws opposition and support. Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment of Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Supreme Court drew criticism from Democrats, including Paul Davis, but it was opposed by other groups as well. The MainStream Coalition in Johnson County weighed in over the weekend calling the appointment arrogant and contemptuous of the separation of powers. The Kansas Values Institute also called Stegall the least qualified of the nominees. Stegall, Brownback’s former chief counsel and lawyer for Phill Kline, was supported by the Americans for Prosperity, among others. [Brownback names Stegall to Kansas Supreme Court — Topeka Capital Journal]
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Meridian Automotive Systems has appointed Christopher Mack as senior vice president and chief financial officer.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mack was most recently vice president, strategic planning. Prior to assuming that role, he was vice president, finance-operations. Mack joined Meridian in 2006 from FTI.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Automotive Distribution Network elected its new executive committee at the association’s spring meeting, held April 27–29 in Chicago. Coming off the heels of the record-breaking attendance at the recent Network National Convention in Nashville, more than 90 percent of the Network membership was represented at the spring meeting as the group named the following members to the executive committee:AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement · Chairman – David Honig; The Parts House, Jacksonville, Fla. · Jim Buzzard, Uni-Select USA, Amherst, N.Y. · Kenny Maurer; Big City, New York, N.Y. · Stephen Sattinger; Merle’s Automotive Supply, Tucson, Ariz. · David Segal; Automotive Supply Associates, Concord, N.H. · Jim Smyth; Smyth Automotive, Cincinnati, Ohio · Danny Ward; Southeastern Automotive Warehouse, Atlanta, Ga. The Network also reviewed its relationships with manufacturer partners during the meeting, as well as marketing plans for the remainder of the years and national accounts updates. The Network’s fall meeting will be held in October in San Diego.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.