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Vermont’s Woodstock Farmers’ Market selected Retailer of the Year by national trade group

first_imgThe Woodstock (Vermont) Farmers Market has been selected Retailer of the Year by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, a major trade association of the food industry. The honorees include 4 other markets nationwide and range from a major specialty supermarket chain in St. Louis to a family owned six-store specialty food chain in Eastern Virginia. The Woodstock Farmers Market has been serving fresh meats, seafood, produce and specialty groceries, along with take-away breakfast lunch and dinner at its single store location for over 17 years. The award a golden chef statue was presented on June 29th at a special red carpet ceremony during NASFT s 55th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show at New York City s Javits Center. The ceremony was hosted by noted Chef Ming Tsai, owner of Blue Ginger, the much-honored Boston-area restaurant and host of public television s Simply Ming. Nominations for Outstanding Specialty Food Retailer were made by members of NASFT, a not-for-profit trade association with more than 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad. Retailers with the most nominations were asked to submit applications including photographs, promotional material, press kits, menus, letters from customers, training manuals and newsletters. The judges, including previous Outstanding Retailer winners, food manufacturers, distributors and journalists met at NAFST offices in New York to select the winners. This is the first NASFT award for a Vermont retailer.The Farmers Market as it s called locally with 2,000 square feet of retail space and 2008 sales of $4 million, specializes in sourcing artisanal foods from all over the world but focuses on regional and local foods such as Vermont meats and poultry, farm fresh produce and cheeses and uses many local ingredients in its lunch and dinner selections. The market stocks a wide array of cooking ingredients from everyday milk and eggs to fancy olive oils plus an eclectic line of wine and beer. Its bakery is known throughout the region for its cookies, tarts, cakes and pies. And its seasonal garden center focuses almost entirely on locally and regionally grown annual and perennial plants. We are humbled to be in the company of such past winners like Fairway Market in NYC and DeLaurenti s in Seattle s Pike Place Market, says owner Patrick Crowl who helped start the market with his father Jack Crowl back in 1992. Our staff is amazing we literally wake up everyday living and breathing food plus everyone genuinely loves to help our customers make choices. To actually know where your food comes from is so important these days and to guide our guests toward something new and cool is nothing short of a blast.The Farmers Market employs over 35 full and part time staff and is located 1 mile west of the Village of Woodstock at 468 Woodstock Road US Route 4. It recently added Woodstock Farmers Market Mail Order on-line to supplement its in-store shipping business. The site, woodstockfarmersmarket.com features a wide array of sauces, marinades, baked goods and gifts available to ship anywhere in the country.Pictured left to right in photo: Lisa Battliana, Executive Chef, partner; Chef Ming Sai; Amelia Rappaport, Grocery Buyer, partner; Patrick Crowl, founder, Chairman of Fun.last_img read more

Pennsylvania’s Highest Skiable Mountain

first_imgBlue Knob All Season’s Resort is the place for a winter enthusiast looking for an outdoor adventure! With the highest skiable mountain in Pennsylvania it’s one of the most challenging ski resorts in the state. The resort offers 100 skiable acres, 1,072 of vertical, 34 runs served by five lifts and they have extensive snow making, so those who love winter can enjoy winter days and nights on the mountain.The mountain is Blue Knob’s main asset. Here skiers will find an alpine skiing experience. The scenery, wilderness and numerous pines around the slopes offer a different experience than the average ski resort. Fans of these slopes say they enjoy the different terrain and consider it to be the best vertical in the Mid-Atlantic area.This season Blue Knob is under new ownership. And a number of improvements are underway for this ski season. There’s a new and improved tubing location, updates have been made inside the lodge, and changes are taking place with the dining options as well.There’s also new overnight lodging options available in nearby Altoona for those spending the day on the slopes. “Altoona is ready to greet winter travelers and sports enthusiasts! We are thrilled that Blue Knob All Seasons Resort is under new ownership and new management as we partner with their team to offer top notch amenities at our Altoona lodging properties. Lovers of winter fun will be able to experience PA’s highest skiable mountain with many improvements and updates.In addition, overnight visitors have the choice of more than 1,450 hotel rooms, 285 eateries and restaurants, and 450 stores and shops as well as a wealth of variety of experiences throughout Blair County,” says Mark Ickes, Executive Director of Explore Altoona. Blue Knob is ready to welcome travelers making the trek to conquer the mountain. The resort is offering discounts on lift passes for both weeknights and weekends for guests staying in an Altoona hotel.For more information about the discount on lift passes, the resort, dining, shopping and lodging visit explorealtoona.com or call 1-800-842-5866.last_img read more

Perks available only at credit unions

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Christina PontissoIf you haven’t discovered the difference between a credit union and bank yet – no need to look any farther. Gerri Detweiler from Credit.com explains the top 6 perks you get by being a credit union member:1. Competitive Car Loans – According to the National Credit Union Administration, in 2014, the average 36-month used car loan carried an interest rate of 2.72 percent. Contrast that with the typical bank interest rate of 5.26 percent.2. FREE Checking – 72% of credit unions have NO fees with minimum balance, compared to 38% of banks, according to Bankrate survey.3. Discounts & Special Deals – There’s usually a discount on some of deal – just ask! continue reading »last_img read more

Zadar Airport enters the summer season with 5 new companies and 10 new routes

first_imgThe summer flight schedule at Zadar Airport takes effect on Sunday, March 25, and the season opens with a Ryanair flight that departs for the Swedish city of Gothenburg at 06:30.As they point out from Zadar Airport, they enter the summer season with five new airlines and ten new routes, of which are: AEGEAN AIRLINES – Athens (ATH), NORWEGIAN – Oslo (OSL), GERMANIA – Zurich (ZRH), BRUSSELS AIRLINES – Brussels (BRU), CONDOR – Frankfurt (FRA). Also, from the new destinations of existing airlines, we are announcing Ryanair’s routes with Frankfurt, Memmingen and Bremen, Lufthansa’s connection with Frankfurt, and the easyjet line to Berlin. This year as well, the most important operator will be Ryanair, which in its 12 season of flying to Zadar is establishing 14 routes from all parts of Europe.Eurowings is flying to 7 destinations this year, and easyjet to 3 destinations, while Croatia airlines, along with the international route to Frankfurt, is offering three daily flights to Zagreb and Pula this year as well. “After last year’s record of 589.000 passengers, this year we expect between 5 and 7 percent higher traffic compared to 2017. “, conclude from Zadar Airportlast_img read more

Anti-Trump letters to paper are laughable

first_imgRe May 10 letter, “Trump’s ‘present’ to cost us all plenty”: Humor, takes many forms nowadays. One must check this page out first before going on to the comic page. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It seems that the meltdown over Hillary losing the election by the “Never Trumpers” and the “lefty losers” have provided Gazette readers with rare and enjoyable forms of humor, all from those who blame our president from all that is wrong in the universe to Melania’s shoes.A case in point: After invoking the Lord (“I sought the Lord and he answered me. He delivered me from all my fears.”), the writer said he was expecting Christmas presents from “the Donald.” He got one. And when he opened it up, he found $870.He then went on a tear complaining that the cost of living was eating into his $870 and that was just not fair. He then admonished those evil devils in Congress who voted to give him his Christmas present in the first place.One can imagine if it was raining $100 bills, the writer would like it all in $5’s and $10’s. More comedy can be seen in the almost daily assaults on this president and on our American way of life — especially when one remembers the song lyric: “Send in the clowns; Don’t bother, they’re here.” Just sayin’. Thank you, Gary and The Gazette. Sign me up another year, please.John OsterlitzGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Former Dems lawmaker Nazaruddin walks free on parole

first_imgFormer Democratic Party treasurer and graft convict M. Nazaruddin was released on parole from Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, on Sunday. “The parole is effective from June 14 until Aug. 13,” said Rika Aprianti, a spokesperson for the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General, as quoted by kompas.com.She added that Nazaruddin would be supervised by Bandung Correctional Board officials during his parole. The former Dems lawmaker was convicted in two separate corruption cases. In 2012, he was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison for accepting Rp 4.6 billion (US$325,000) linked to the construction of the Sea Games athlete’s village in South Sumatra.The Supreme Court later imposed a heavier sentence of seven years’ imprisonment during an appeal.Read also: Indonesia vows to eradicate corporate money laundering, tax evasionFour years later, the corruption court sentenced Nazaruddin to six years in prison and fined him Rp 1 billion for laundering nearly Rp 600 billion he obtained from corrupt practices. He was believed to have accepted a Rp 23 billion bribe from construction firm PT Duta Graha Indah and Rp 17 billion from PT Nindya Karya in connection to several projects for the education and health ministries during his term as party treasurer and lawmaker.According to the verdicts, Nazaruddin was supposed to serve 13 years behind bars and to be released in 2025.“However, based on a ministerial decree, the convict has received several remissions, reducing his sentence by 45 months and 120 days,” said the ministry’s West Java corrections division head, Abdul Aris, as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.A 2012 government regulation on remissions stipulates that graft convicts are eligible for remission if they cooperate with law enforcers to uncover a graft case. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Why Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should drop Hugo Lloris after Liverpool blunder, explains Jermaine Jenas

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Why Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should drop Hugo Lloris after Liverpool blunder, explains Jermaine Jenas Lloris spilled the ball into Toby Alderweireld who scored an own goal (Picture: Getty Images)‘If Spurs want to kick on, and have any aspirations of challenging for the league or winning major trophies, then it is a position they need to start looking at.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He should be at the peak of his powers right now but he actually looks more nervous now than he did when he arrived from Lyon seven years ago. Lloris has come under heavy criticism (Picture: Getty Images)Jenas believes that the 32-year-old may even be out of the side by Tottenham’s next game, the first in their brand new stadium, on Wednesday against Crystal Palace.The former England international believes the process will be made easier by the fact that Mauricio Pochettino has a very able deputy in Paulo Gazzaniga.‘I don’t think Pochettino will be afraid of dropping Lloris, and what might make it easier for him is having Paulo Gazzaniga as his back-up.More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘Gazzaniga has played a few games for Spurs this season – 10 in total in all competitions – and has been brilliant every time I’ve seen him. He is probably thinking “it is time for me to get my opportunity” and I think he should do.‘As ruthless as it sounds, if I was Pochettino I would seriously be considering starting the Argentina international in Wednesday’s game against Crystal Palace.’Tottenham remained third after defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, but Arsenal have the chance to overtake them when they face Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday night.MORE: Ruben Loftus-Cheek reveals how Maurizio Sarri and Gianfranco Zola inspired Chelsea’s victory over CardiffMORE: Jamie Redknapp tells Solskjaer who to make Manchester United captain following Antonio Valencia exitcenter_img Phil HaighMonday 1 Apr 2019 7:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link29Shares Advertisement Hugo Lloris was at fault for Liverpool’s second goal (Picture: Getty Images)Jermaine Jenas believes that Hugo Lloris should lose his place in the Tottenham team after his mistake cost his side two points against Liverpool on Sunday.The Spurs captain spilled a late Mohamed Salah header into the unsuspecting Toby Alderweireld, causing the Belgian to turn the ball into his own net and give Liverpool a 2-1 lead in the 90th minute.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starIt is not the first high profile mistake Lloris has made in a Spurs shirt, and Jenas believes the France international has run out of lives in the Tottenham goal.‘You cannot legislate for mistakes like that from your goalkeeper, but Lloris has been making them for a couple of seasons now,’ Jenas told the BBC.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Arsenal scout called Lucas Perez a ‘mid-table player’ before Arsene Wenger signed him for £17m

first_imgLucas Perez struggled in his one season at Arsenal after signing for £17 million (AMA/Getty Images)The Athletic reports that Perez was closing on a deal to join Everton when Cagiago was asked if he would be a good signing for Arsenal.But Cagiago is said to have replied, ‘not a chance’ and described Perez as ‘a mid-table player’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s top target that summer was Jamie Vardy but he turned down a move to Wenger’s side and remained at Leicester City.The report claims that there was ‘degree of tension’ at Arsenal between the scouting department and the decision to use statistics to identify a potential new signing.It’s also claimed that Shkodran Mustafi, who also joined Arsenal in the same summer as Perez for around £35 million, was also not on Cagiago’s list of recommended players.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Arsene Wenger went against advice from his scouts to sign Lucas Perez from Arsenal (Getty Images)Lucas Perez was branded a ‘mid-table player’ by an Arsenal scout before Arsene Wenger decide to sign him for the Gunners.Arsenal signed Perez from Deportivo La Coruna in a £17 million deal in 2016.But the Spanish forward struggled to make an impact and after just one year at the club, he was sent back on loan to Deportivo.Perez did not make another appearance for Arsenal after that as he was then sold to West Ham for around £4 million in August 2018.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Athletic, Wenger was combining the use of analytics tools with scouting reports to target players during that period.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd Perez was not highly regarded by Arsenal’s top scout Francis Cagiago, who helped bring Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli to the club. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Apr 2020 8:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Advertisement Arsenal scout called Lucas Perez a ‘mid-table player’ before Arsene Wenger signed him for £17mlast_img read more

Swiss pension fund exploring options for CHF2.1bn equity overlay strategy

first_imgThe benchmarks are MSCI World, MSCI Emerging Markets and the Swiss Performance Index. Managers or advisers bidding for the mandate should state performance gross of fees to 30 April 2019.The investor wants an active systematic strategy. Managers should be authorised to provide services to Swiss pension funds, and overlay programmes should be “strategic for your company”, the investor said.The pension fund also requires managers to sign a client-specific management agreement, and to be able to report on regional exposures with and without the overlay, as well as excess return and performance contribution.The deadline for submissions is 5pm UK time on 17 June.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A Swiss pension fund is seeking managers or advisers to help run an equity derivatives overlay strategy worth up to CHF2.1bn (€1.9bn), via IPE Quest.Search QN-2543 is being conducted by a consultant on behalf of the unnamed pension fund, which wants to be able to reduce its equity exposure during “substantial equity market setbacks”.The strategy is designed to “dynamically reduce or increase the equity exposure within [the] client’s overall asset allocation” using derivatives, according to the investor’s definitions.The pension fund is looking to award up to three mandates covering between CHF700m and CHF2.1bn of equity assets across developed and emerging markets, as well as a specific Swiss equity allocation.last_img read more

Ex-Coal Power Plant Starts Offshore Wind Makeover

first_imgCommercial Development Company (CDC) is rebranding the retired coal-fired power plant Brayton Point Power Station in Massachusetts, U.S., to a support center for the offshore wind industry. Source: CDCThe Brayton Point Commerce Center will act as a logistics port and manufacturing hub offering 300ha of waterfront property, a deepwater port capable of berthing large trans-Atlantic vessels and access to a local talent pool, CDC said.According to the U.S. company, Brayton Point is now also located in close proximity to designated offshore wind areas in the Atlantic Ocean.“We believe the outstanding logistical attributes of Brayton Point combined with public support for energy diversification has created a historic opportunity to help advance the offshore wind energy sector with this development,” said Stephen Collins, Executive Vice President of CDC.“The acreage available will also give the Brayton Point Commerce Center the capacity to accommodate other industries as well.”At the end of 2017, the real estate and brownfield redevelopment company announced the plans to buy Brayton Point Power Station and officially concluded the acquisition at the beginning of this year.The plant was once the largest of its kind in New England generating 1,600MW of electricity and bringing local jobs and tax revenue, CDC said.The company believes this redevelopment project will return Brayton Point to a state of productivity and growth by using many of the same attributes that made it successful in the past.“It is exciting to see Brayton Point evolve into the Brayton Point Commerce Center,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport).“Adapting this strategically important site to better support the Commonwealth’s energy diversification efforts will be beneficial to the area.  Furthermore, Brayton Point is always a topic of conversation, so I am glad that the new website will offer transparency to the community.Vineyard Wind officials visited the site of the former coal-fired power plant in August as part of efforts to explore its potential role in the construction of its 800MW offshore wind project.According to Lars Thaaning Pedersen, Vineyard Wind CEO, the site could be used for manufacturing turbine foundations or other parts due to its coastal position and access to major transportation infrastructure.last_img read more