2004 Champlain Valley Fair results

first_imgESSEX JUNCTION – The 83rd annual Champlain Valley Fair had one its best seasons ever with 299,168 people – about 1,500 more than 2003 – coming through the gates during the annual 10-day fair, held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The slight increase in attendance was due, in part, to enjoying one of the Vermont summers longest stretches of sunny weather during the final week of the fair. From an informal survey of license plates on the grounds, visitors from 41 states and several Canadian provinces attended the fair. From the standpoint of operations and quality, this was an outstanding fair, said David F. Grimm, general manager of the Exposition. We had excellent diversity in our grandstand which accounted for a 15% improvement over 2003. We received many positive comments about the cleanliness of our grounds, the variety of entertainment and the improvements we added this year. The Fair hosted two sell-out concerts for country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. The Fair opened with the good vibes of The Beach Boys. Other concerts included local jam bands Strangefolk and The Samples; a rocking Friday night concert with ZZ Top and nostalgic 35th anniversary tour concert by classic rock band, Yes on the second Saturday night. The remainder of the midweek grandstand shows included a freestyle motorcycle thrill show, Figure 8 Racing, a Demolition Derby and NTPA Grand National Tractor and Truck Pull on Labor Day.The Reithoffers Midway featured 35 rides and many special ride and admission discounts over the 10 days.Free daily entertainment included a live bear show, butter sculpture, an aerial thrill show, a juggling family, hypnotist, caricature artist, racing pigs, petting zoo, musicians and an authentic cowboy chuck wagon. Some $75,000 in competition premiums and prize money was awarded during the fair. Significant increases in entries to the art and photography department were realized, including a Best of Show landscape oil painting which carried a record-setting price tag of $12,000. A heavyweight pumpkin record was set at 1,042-pound pumpkin (previous record: 1,036 pounds in 2003) and it was one of the big surprises in the agricultural area considering the wet summer in the region. More than 150 people, including Vt. Gov. James Douglas, were on hand to honor the 2004 inductees into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in a ceremony held during the Fair.International Association of Fairs and Expositions popular summer Read and Win program was offered locally to area youngsters, grades K 5 in five counties. Approximately 1,000 completed the assignment of reading three books over the summer and received free admission to the fair on Aug. 30. Significant improvements were made to the fairgrounds and facilities over the summer for this years fair including the addition of $350,000 three-lane paved road connecting Route 15 and Route 2 to Exposition parking areas; a complete renovation of the Ware Building, including heating and air conditioning for the exhibit hall; and general fix-up and repainting of buildings and landscaping. The 2005 Champlain Valley Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 5. Photos from the 2004 Champlain Valley Fair are posted in day-by-day photo albums at www.cvfair.com(link is external), which also include information about the Expositions year-round calendar of events.last_img read more

Air Forces of the Americas: Ready for Disaster Response

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo May 02, 2019 From April 3-12, the Argentine Air Force’s (FAA, in Spanish) 4th Air Brigade, located in Mendoza province, hosted the humanitarian assistance exercise Cooperation VI (Cooperación VI). Thirteen member nations of the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA, in Spanish) participated in the international virtual training event. The objective was to standardize air forces’ procedures in case of a natural disaster in the region. The exercise also integrated participants’ capabilities and reinforced planning and execution of air operations. Ai force delegations of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay coordinated efforts during Cooperation VI. A total of 120 officers took part in the exercise, which simulated an earthquake in the central Colombian region of Magdalena Medio. “The importance of Cooperation VI is that the air forces of the Americas are committed to helping a nation in case of a natural disaster,” said FAA Major General Alejandro Maroni, exercise director. “Aerial assets are first to arrive; they’re the quickest and most efficient way to reach an area in case of disaster.” Strengthening capabilities To carry out the simulated event, participants formed a combined general staff that enabled them to use SICOFAA doctrines and assess their coordination and interoperability. Planning and execution procedures included search-and-rescue operations, ground observation, and victim evacuation and transport, among others. “The exercise focused purely on humanitarian assistance, and the objective was to put our capabilities to the test by using aerial assets from all countries,” said Dominican Republic Air Force Colonel Mario Rivas Días, SICOFAA’s secretary general. “This way, we can strengthen our operational capabilities in case of an event or disaster in a country. We are pleased to be able to carry out this exercise in Mendoza, always ready to respond when we are most needed.” In addition to establishing a combined general staff, participants implemented a legal division to have the support of lawyers and military advisers when developing complex operations. Another division consisted of civil-military cooperation to connect different military institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the civil population. “Civil-military relations are very important, because [all] organizations must be connected to be able to address every requirement and direct it through the general staff that was implemented,” said Uruguayan Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Juan Pereyra, who was part of the civil-military cooperation team. United, Allied To carry out their tasks, officers used computer programs such as the Aerial Logistics Unified Module (MULA, in Spanish), a humanitarian assistance software developed by FAA. The program is used to plan flight missions and assign loads and transport of materials needed in combined air operations in case of natural or man-made disasters. SICOFAA adopted MULA to plan exercises and real operations. Cooperation VI allowed participants to prepare for the real exercise of the same name, which will be conducted with aerial assets of SICOFAA countries in Rionegro, Colombia, in 2020. Exercise Cooperation has been carried out since 2010 and represents SICOFAA’s new operational approach for humanitarian assistance in case of disaster. The institution has 21 member nations from the Americas. Training enables them to refine their combined response capabilities in real events. In 2017, exercise Cooperation V was expected to take place in Puerto Montt, Chile, but was suspended to redirect aerial resources and provide humanitarian assistance following the earthquake in Mexico. That same year, SICOFAA took part in humanitarian response operations for the floods in northern Peru. In 2018, SICOFAA also supported Guatemalan efforts after the Fuego Volcano eruption. According to participants, the virtual exercise was a great success. “It’s been an amazing experience, as we worked hard to share lessons learned that will help us keep improving the system, such as our doctrine levels in manuals, and be somehow prepared and ready to provide an efficient response when needed,” said Ecuadorean Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Xavier Coral. Col. Díaz praised the camaraderie shown during Cooperation VI. “It’s a fundamental element, because it reinforces bonds of fraternity, friendship, and cooperation,” the officer concluded. “We showed work synergy, all as a team, a single mechanism, a united front that makes operations easier to perform, and always bearing in mind our motto: United, Allied.”last_img read more

Wegmans has been ranked the 3rd best place to work, employees say why

first_imgKrause moved to Pennsylvania for eight years and recently came back to New York two years ago. Not only did she feel respected, but she believes in the community outreach programs the company pushes for. What started as her first cashier job turned into 15 years of opportunity and growth within the company. Kenzie Krause is the Perishable Department Manager at the Johnson City store. She has been with the company for 15 years. Krause worked in multiple departments and eventually entered a managerial training program. Wegmans has been among the top 10 companies on the fortune list for 16 of the 22 years the list existed. It is one of the eight companies on the list every year since it first began. “I don’t know what I would do without Wegmans and all the different programs we do to help young individuals like me succeed in life, we give away scholarships, we focus on our communities. We care about the general well-being and success of each person and its something I believe in.” JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Wegmans has been named one of the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to work for. The family company was ranked 3rd. ” Not even on my first day when I was 15 years old, because I genuinely felt respected and cared for,” she says. Krause stayed with the company because she says she felt respected and cared for. “It’s an extension of my life,” says Krause. “Just the family aspect of it, all the employees see it as one big family.” “Not once have I thought about leaving the company,” said Krause. This year’s list is based on a survey of 4.3 million employees.last_img read more

Brindisi, Reed react to President Trump’s executive order on police reform

first_imgThe order encourages police departments to collect and track excessive force complaints. It has incentives for police to update their training certifications, and it employs mental health professionals to work with police to respond to some incidents. “I think it’s a good thing that the President and Democrats and Republicans in Congress are looking at reforms that will help improve relations between police and the communities that they are charged with protecting and serving.” Republican Congressman for the 23rd District Tom Reed said in a statement sent to 12 News: “We appreciate President Trump’s leadership on this issue because we care about the safety and security of communities across the country. Today’s executive orders are a significant step forward and prove you can facilitate meaningful reforms without undermining the incredible men and women who make up the law enforcement community.” (WBNG) — 12 News heard from Congressmen Tom Reed and Anthony Brindisi Tuesday on their reaction to the President’s executive order concerning police reform Tuesday. Democratic Congressman for the 22nd District Anthony Brindisi told 12 News:last_img read more

Baseball Hall of Fame 2019: The best quotes from induction day

first_imgHere are some of the best quotes from induction dayHarold BainesThis slugger delivered a heartfelt message to his family members in attendance, including his wife and children.”Your presence here today makes my journey complete.”Harold Baines thanks his wife and children in his speech. #HOFWKND pic.twitter.com/tznJ2s162I— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 21, 2019″As I mentioned, at the start of my speech, I’m not an emotional man, except when it comes to family,” Baines said. “…While baseball often took me away from you for far too long, the game gave us special shared moments, memories like today. I’m very proud of the caring people you have become. Your presence here today makes my journey complete.” Related News Baseball Hall of Fame 2019: Unanimous inductee Mariano Rivera headlines ceremony Six more players have entered the Hall of Fame.Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith, Harold Baines and Mariano Rivera were all enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday as part of the 2019 class. Beautifully done, Brandy. #DocHOF pic.twitter.com/AEJhufT2GA— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 21, 2019″I think Roy would rather be remembered by who he was, not what he did on the ball field,” she said. “He was a very private person, often quiet and introverted, but he was also very generous and caring, the kind of man who made outrageous bets, would lose on purpose to help out a friend, the kind of brother who left cash in his pockets when he asked a sister to help with laundry, telling her she could keep whatever she found.”I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect. We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people still can have perfect moments. Roy was blessed in his life and career to have some perfect moments. But I believe that they were only possible because of the man he strived to be, the teammate that he was, and the people he was so blessed to be on the field with.”center_img Baines also spoke about his father, who he said taught him “how to approach life.” “In the end, when you ask me why I never have been outspoken or said very much, think of my dad and the lessons he passed onto me many years ago, often as we were playing catch in the yard,” Baines said. “As he told me, Words are easy, deeds are hard. Words can be empty, deeds speak loudest, and sometimes they echo forever.”Lee SmithSmith retired in 1997 and he acknowledged that support from his small hometown in Louisiana helped pave his way to the big leagues.”It wasn’t just my arm that got me here, it was the whole community.” – @BaseballHall inductee Lee Smith. pic.twitter.com/O3tJYVeMi8— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 21, 2019″It all started in a small town, Castor, Louisiana,” Smith said. “If you think Cooperstown is small, you’ve never been to Castor. But don’t let the small town fool you, Castor provided one of the strongest local communities you could ever find. So many people came from Castor together to support me, to put me on the path to success in baseball, and kept me on that path.”It was Mr. Sneed, my high school principal, once he called me into his office, I thought I was in trouble. But instead, he wanted me to come out for the baseball team, after seeing me throw a ball in our PE class.”Mariano RiveraThe legendary closer headlined this year’s class and joked about having to speak last. He had to finish many games during his 19-year career with the Yankees.One last chance for Mo to close. 😂 pic.twitter.com/MWax6K0YcE— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2019″First of all, I don’t understand why I always have to be the last,” Rivera joked. “I keep saying that for the last 20 years. Last 17 years of my career, I always say, ‘Why do I have to be the last one?’ I guess being the last one is special.”Brandy Halladay Roy Halladay, who finished with a 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA during his 16-year MLB career, died in a plane crash in November 2017. The eight-time All-Star’s wife, Brandy, gave a moving speech at the induction ceremony Sunday.  Baseball Hall of Fame 2019: Mariano Rivera says playing for Yankees was ‘a privilege and honor’last_img read more