Vermont Chamber Hires Christopher Fogg as Vice President of Travel & Tourism

first_imgVermont Chamber President Chris Barbieri announced that Christopher Fogg has been named the new Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism.Formerly the Director of Marketing for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fogg has lengthy sales and marketing experience. He has worked with the Vermont Convention Bureau, the Burlington Free Press, and . in Boston.Fogg has an Associate Degree in business administration from North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts. He assumed his position with the Vermont Chamber in March 2003.Fogg replaces Sue Kruthers, who vacated her position to become the Vermont Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs.last_img read more

Statewide fund launches for business flood relief

first_imgThe devastation from Tropical Storm Irene is evident throughout Vermont, from flood-blasted bridges to wrecked roadways to mud-crusted houses. But it’s the impact on small local businesses that got Todd Bailey motivated to create a statewide relief fund. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund, administered by Central Vermont Community Action, will raise funds to help affected business owners get their doors open quickly. Donations can be made online or by check ( is external)) and fellow businesses in unaffected areas of the state and around country will be holding fundraising events to support the effort. Bailey, a Montpelier communications professional at KSE Partners, has partnered with local organizations to launch the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund. Central Vermont Community Action Council will be acting as the fiscal agent, accepting these donations and providing the grant funds to businesses. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund will be focused on raising funds to support small businesses affected by the flooding. Funds raised will be disbursed as cash grants, designed to help businesses keep operating through the immediate aftermath and storm clean-up. Bailey explains the rationale: ‘ Small businesses all over the state are digging out. They are paying employees to clean up and rebuild ‘ and in the meantime, no money is coming in. A short-term grant can be a lifeline for a local store ‘ and we need our businesses ready to go for the critical tourist season.’ Bailey launched a similar effort in Montpelier after the late May flooding damaged inventory and equipment for many downtown businesses.  His grassroots fundraising effort ‘ begun with a ‘boot-filling’ on the State House lawn ‘ ultimately raised $27,000.  Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, echoed the need for these funds. ‘Many small and micro businesses do not have the ready cash to carry them through a disaster, and it can take a while before loans are made available. This kind of support can be an excellent way to fill the gaps and keep small businesses in downtowns and village centers intact. We’re proud to partner on this statewide effort.’ Donation information can be found at is external). Businesses will be able to apply for fund relief, and a statewide review team will review applications and make grants available as quickly as possible. About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief FundThe Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has been founded by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey to raise funds for small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August, 2011. All funds raised will be donated to help Vermont businesses come back from damage or losses sustained. is external)About Central Vermont Community Action CouncilFounded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. is external) Montpelier, VT ‘ September 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Syracuse tries switching formation to combat No. 4 Duke in 2-0 loss

first_img Published on October 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Courtney Brosnan lie with her body flat. Her face dug into the grass at SU soccer stadium. An errant pass from the right corner of the SU box had just given the Blue Devils a wide open opportunity in front of a net and a flailing attempt by the SU goalkeeper put her on the ground. There was a ball in the back of the SU net and there was little she could do to prevent it. On that play and the next, the Orange were outmatched and outnumbered.“We dug a hole for ourselves,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said. “Conceding those first two goals… they were poor.”Syracuse (7-8-2, 2-6-1 Atlantic Coast) tried to combat No. 4 Duke’s (16-1, 9-0) heavy pressure by rotating back and forth with sets of four in the front and back of the field. The swaps, intending to boost the Orange, instead led to varying stretches of struggles on each side, as the newly depleted area of the field with just three players couldn’t handle the Blue Devils.“Soccer players are used to adapting, changing the formation,” Brosnan said. “(We’re) just doing whatever we can to win the game.”After passing the ball well in the beginning, Syracuse hardly possessed the ball as the Blue Devils weaved passes in between SU defenders no matter what personnel the Orange had in the back. The same went for the Orange’s offense, in which Syracuse struggled to find a hole on its way to just five shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTaylor Bennett started the game at striker for the second time in as many games. But she switched back to her normal defensive role following a shift in the lineup after Duke scored its first goal of the game. She played only in spurts, not starting the second half because of being “injured,” Wheddon said.Shannon Aviza, Jessica Vigna and Alana O’Neill were forced to patrol the back for a large part of the game, with Clarke Brown and Bennett rotating in after SU decided to go with the four-person group in front of the Orange’s senior goalkeeper.The switch provided Syracuse very little aid as it still struggled to stick to the ball due to Duke’s “very crafty” play, Brosnan said.In the ninth minute, Ella Stevens collected the ball in stride and fired a thru-ball that managed to pass through a swarm of three SU defenders who collapsed to the ball. It made its way to the foot of Kayla McCoy, who has given the Blue Devils the second most goals of any player in the ACC. It was a defensive lapse, but one that was triggered by a fancy display of passing from Duke.“The first goal was just amazing,” Vigna said. “That was just…” She trailed off.A change was needed, but it couldn’t find the right one. Syracuse resorted to using four on defense and only using three forwards.Then, it had a new problem.After stealing possession from the Blue Devils in the 67th minute, the Orange had an opportunity in the open field. Eva Gordon controlled the ball, with Alex Lamontagne and Bennett on her wings. What seemed like an opportunity for the Orange to get its first goal of the game, turned into a lost possession as the Blue Devils raced down and swarmed the Orange with six defenders. Gordon could make just one move before kicking it right into the leg of the defender three feet to her front with nowhere else to go with the ball.Later in the game, O’Neill dribbled it all the way just a few feet away from the Duke goal line. Again, the senior day crowd of 844 stood in anticipation of Syracuse finally breaking the scoreboard. She was swarmed by Duke defenders and, in what could have been the closest a Syracuse player has gotten to the goal without scoring all season, a seemingly blatant chance became nearly impossible to convert.“They’re No. 4 on the country for a reason,” Wheddon said.For the senior players, the loss was the last memory they would create as a player for Syracuse at their home grass. Syracuse tried and tried and tried, but could never find the right formation to secure the victory. Falling behind early, like the Orange have done in so many of its conference games, complicated Syracuse’s strategy as it desperately searched for a goal it would never find.“We made a switch… and then another switch… and then we made a switch again,” Wheddon said. “It’s just moving pieces of the players, trying to get more out of every individual players.“What do you want to be remembered by?”Syracuse never found the memory it wanted. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Liverpool to sign Victor Moses from Chelsea on season-long loan

first_imgLiverpool will complete the formalities of a season-long loan deal for Chelsea’s Victor Moses before the transfer window closes.The 23-year-old has slipped even further down the pecking order at the Blues after the summer signings of Willian and Andre Schurrle.Liverpool will pay the Stamford Bridge club a loan fee, understood to be around £1m, as part of the deal for the former Crystal Palace and Wigan attacker. West Bromwich Albion, Southampton and Everton had also shown an interest in Moses.Moses, who was at Anfield watching Liverpool play Manchester United on Sunday, signed for Chelsea from Wigan for a fee reported to be around £9m in August 2012.He made 23 Premier League appearances last season, scoring one goal, but has yet to feature for new manager Jose Mourinho this season. The Nigerian international joined Wigan from Crystal Palace on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2010 for a reported fee of £2.5m.Earlier this week Liverpool agreed to sign central defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a combined fee of around £25m.Sakho, 23, will cost £18m from Paris St-Germain with Ilori, 20, moving from Sporting Lisbon.last_img read more