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  • Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces hospitality awards

    first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce has chosen the winners of the five highly anticipated 2010 Vermont Hospitality Awards. These awards honor individuals in the hospitality industry who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the industry and who exemplify standards of professionalism. The awards will be given at the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala on September 21 at Sugarbush Resort in Warren.Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year: Jim Glanville, The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa – Essex. This is the Vermont hospitality industry’s flagship award, designed for individuals who have held longtime, high-profile leadership positions in the state’s tourism industry. While creating a new Vermont visitor destination, Glanville has led the renaissance of The Essex through a comprehensive rebranding project and the development of a broad range of upscale activities and amenities, all the while maintaining a commitment to hands-on management of a team of 180 professionals. Glanville also is a community leader, and advocates on behalf of Vermont tourism as a whole.B&B Innkeepers of the Year: David Kanal and George A. DeFina, Deer Brook Inn – Woodstock. This award is designed for individuals who continue to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a smaller Vermont bed & breakfast or inn. Kanal and DeFina’s emphasis on encouraging all employees to give extraordinary customer service make the inn exceptional. Their principles of putting forth a warm welcome, providing information and being accessible as owners, offering top-notch housekeeping, and phenomenal breakfasts make the Deer Brook Inn an award-winning destination.Chef of the Year: Chef Amy Chamberlain, The Perfect Wife – Manchester. This award is designed for an individual with a proven history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy through the use of local food and products, and who also donates time or services to the community at large. Chef Amy Chamberlain celebrates local and organic products with her culinary creations, hosts events to promote local agricultural partnerships, and serves and identifies local foods with integrity and excitement. Chef Amy also hosts community fundraisers, and facilitates composting on local farms through the donation of restaurant food scraps.Restaurateur of the Year: Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood – Waterbury. Designed for an individual who continues to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a restaurant in Vermont, Warnstedt created in the Hen of the Woods a warm, inviting atmosphere, a historic and visually appealing setting, and seamless service. The Hen of the Wood is a culinary destination, featuring outstanding wine and beautiful food created with products from many Vermont farms.Allied Member of the Year: John Crabbe, Vermont Tent Company – South Burlington. This award is designed for an individual who goes above and beyond in offering a service that supports the Vermont hospitality industry. Crabbe’s recognition of employees as a critical element of the company’s success, ‘team training’ approach, and personal leadership both within and outside the company create an atmosphere of loyalty and support. His dedication to service, respect for people, interest in legislative affairs, and responsiveness to the needs of the community make the Vermont Tent Company an exceptional business.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 8.31.2010For more information or to register for the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala to celebrate the achievements of the award winners and Vermont’s hospitality industry as a whole, please contact Antonia Opitz ([email protected](link sends e-mail), 802-223-0603).The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s business 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

  • Corrie Sanders: Ex-heavyweight champion dies in shooting

    first_imgFormer heavyweight world boxing champion Corrie Sanders has died after being shot during an armed robbery.The 46-year-old was attending a family celebration at a restaurant near Pretoria in his native South Africa. He died in hospital.Sanders pulled off one of boxing’s major shocks when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBO heavyweight title in 2003.He retired in 2008, having won 42 of his 46 fights.A police spokesman said Sanders was attending his nephew’s 21st birthday party when gunmen entered the restaurant.“In the midst of the celebrations, about three suspects came in,” the spokesman explained. “They were planning to commit an armed robbery. Then in the armed robbery they shot randomly. Corrie was shot in the hand and also the stomach. “They fled with a digital camera and also a handbag of one of the people who was in the restaurant.”Police have not yet made any arrests but the spokeman said they were “in hot pursuit”.Sanders vacated the WBO title in December 2003 to concentrate on a challenge against Wladimir’s older brother Vitali for the vacant WBC belt.But he was stopped in the eighth round of the fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sanders retired in December 2004 after beating Alexei Varakin in the second round of their contest in Austria, but returned to action two years later.He lost his final bout, against Osbourne Machimana, for the South African heavyweight title in February 2008.last_img read more

  • Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling shuns excuses in a topsy-turvy season

    first_img“So I understand that it’s always evolving, especially for me going from the ‘pen to starting, ‘pen to starting. I’m used to it. At the end of the day you’d like to have stability but I think one of the reasons I’m here and have value is that I’m the kind of guy that can swing either way. That’s a big reason why I’m here, I think. So it’s something that I’ve accepted and have no issue with, knowing I can get the ball anytime and get outs, whenever that is.”A year ago, Stripling viewed his move to the bullpen as a means for staying in the major leagues. By the time the Dodgers reached the World Series, Stripling was indispensable. He was only moved back into the rotation in April 2018 with some reticence, after Rich Hill sprouted a blister on his left middle finger.Related Articles Stripling was 6-1 with a 1.76 earned-run average by the time he was selected to the National League All-Star team in July. Since then he is 0-3 with a 5.76 ERA.Now, Stripling will have only one more opportunity to start before the regular season ends, on Wednesday in Phoenix. He hasn’t recorded more than 10 outs in a game since Aug. 9. However, he doesn’t view this as a hindrance for being able to start and pitch deep into a playoff game if he’s asked.Exactly what the Dodgers will ask him to do next is anyone’s guess. LOS ANGELES – Ross Stripling might be the Dodgers’ most flexible pitcher. The last five months have seen him go from the bullpen to the starting rotation, to the phantom disabled list (to limit his innings), back to the rotation, back to the disabled list – for real this time – then to the bullpen (to limit his innings again) and now back into the rotation.Stripling’s last three outings have led to mixed results. He limited the Cincinnati Reds to one run over 3 1/3 innings in his return to the rotation Sept. 12. Since then, he’s thrown 72 and 76 pitches against the Cardinals and Padres, respectively, while failing to complete four innings and taking the loss in each game.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.If Stripling wanted a convenient excuse for his sputters, just look at the schedule he’s followed. His routine has been anything but routine. Yet for the 28-year-old right-hander, adapting and re-adapting to different roles is a source of pride, not an excuse.“I’m not uncomfortable by any means,” Stripling said. “They’ve given me plenty of time before every outing to be ready. This last one, originally I was going to pitch Saturday and then a couple days in they switched it to Friday. I still had time to throw my bullpen, prep for the (Padres), all that stuff. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img “A pitcher wants to be a starter who’s done it,” Roberts said, “and if they feel that they’ve earned it, to say you’re going to do otherwise, that’s a difficult conversation. It just doesn’t make it right because you know a player like Ross will handle it like a professional. … All those conversations are difficult.”ROTATION PROJECTIONSClayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler will start against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Arizona is expected to counter with left-hander Robbie Ray, right-hander Matt Koch and right-hander Zack Greinke in the series in that order.The Dodgers have a day off Thursday before visiting San Francisco to finish the regular season with three games against the Giants. If no pitcher is skipped in the rotation, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kershaw would start in that order against the Giants.The off-day also gives Roberts the option of skipping Hill’s turn and starting Ryu, Kershaw and Buehler in San Francisco.The National League Wild Card game is Oct. 2, two days after the regular-season finale. The NL Division Series begin two days later on Oct. 4.ALSOAt the unveiling of its 50th “Dreamfield” Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation announced a commitment of $10 million to add another 25 fields over the next 15 years. … Kershaw, Roberts, Yasiel Puig and Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten attended the unveiling at the Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles. … Chase Utley was presented with the 13th annual Roy Campanella Award, given to the Dodger who “best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher.” … The award was voted on by uniformed personnel and presented by Campanella’s daughter, Joni.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 5-3, 2.18 ERA) vs. Padres (LHP Joey Lucchesi, 8-8, 3.74 ERA), SportsNet LA (where available), 1 p.m. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more