Equinox adds state-of-art meeting facility

first_imgDramatically broadening its appeal to targetthe corporate meeting and wedding market, The Equinox has broken ground on construction that will create 3,200 additional square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art function space by fall 2002, just in time for the popular fall foliage season.The centerpiece of the project is The Rockwell Room, named after the internationally renowned New England painter, Norman Rockwell, whose workconsistently began to reflect small-town American life when he relocated to nearby Arlington, VT. Divisible into several smaller rooms and offering a seating capacity of up to 300, the new facility will feature the latest audiovisual equipment, high speed internet access and video conferencing capabilities. The new ballroom at the resort, unobtrusively tucked away at the far side of the sprawling property, will have its own entrance, pre-function areas, a coatroom, office space and upscale restroom facilities. Designed in the green and yellow hues of Vermont, the ballroom will be graced with several chandeliers, wall sconces and a bay window overlooking the grounds.The architect for the new ballroom project is Edward Clark of Bread Loaf Corporation in Middlebury, with Jinnie Kim, of Jinnie Kim Design inBrookline, Massachusetts, providing the interior design. The new ballroom is phase one of a major 2002 enhancement program, which includes the construction and opening of a new Rockresorts’branded-amenity Avanyu® Spa in the fourth quarter.Situated on 2,300 acres between the Green and Taconic Mountains, The Equinox, with 183 rooms and suites, dates back more than 200 years.last_img read more

Darn Tough Vermont Socks awarded $8.5 million Army contract

first_imgDarn Tough Vermont has announced that their military issue flame resistant Merino wool boot sock is to be included in the recently awarded Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble known as the FREE Clothing System. This is a multilayered, versatile, insulating system that is adaptable to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions.This four year contract worth $1 Billion dollars was awarded to ADS Tactical of Virginia Beach, VA, Darn Tough Vermont s long time partner and distributor to the defense industry. In support of this contract Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill will knit and provide the U.S. Army with their 100% U.S. sourced and manufactured Merino wool boot socks.Sales Manger Roland Beliveau states that, The announcement of this award represents the culmination of several years of hard work and many manufacturers coming together to develop and provide the U.S. Army with a high performance safe clothing system. We are excited to know that soldiers around the world will be more comfortable wearing our Vermont made socks. This contract is a significant milestone for our Northfield, Vermont community, Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill. It validates our long term commitment to domestic manufacturing, and will help ensure the stability and growth of our brands and knitting mill. All of us at the Cabot Hosiery Mill are proud to be involved in this project. Added Executive Vice President Ric Cabot, who is the third generation of his family to work in the hosiery business. When our troops go into a war zone like Iraq or Afghanistan, they need the most advanced gear available, said U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate s 96-member National Guard Caucus and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which handles the Senate s work in writing the annual defense budget. Senator Leahy has aggressively supported the efforts of Darn Tough to equip U.S. troops with their advanced footwear, writing several letters of support in 2006 that led to a significant contract and securing $1.6 million in appropriations in 2007 for Darn Tough to provide the footwear to the Marine Corps. These brave soldiers can go on patrols in extremely dangerous and challenging environments for days on end, continued Leahy. The last thing they should have to worry about is the quality and protection provided by their footwear. Vermont firms like Darn Tough have shown incredible skill and ingenuity in turning out products that meet all our troops needs in the toughest conditions. Darn Tough is already a regular provider to the military services, and this contract is a new vote of confidence from the Army and great news for the economy in Central Vermont.Congressman Peter Welch added, Darn Tough Vermont is a quintessential Vermont success story. Through their hard work, ingenuity and perseverance, they have created good jobs for Vermonters and a product that protects or soldiers around the world. They are a darn tough company with a darn good product!The FREE ensemble will be functional in multiple cold and wet weather climates and activities. Additionally, it is comfortable and ergonomically efficient for wear in the confines of aircraft and armored vehicles. New materials offer a wider range of breathability and environmental protection, providing wider versatility in meeting Soldiers needs. FREE is a comprehensive clothing system from skin to outerwear and from head to toe.Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill is owned and operated by Ric and Marc Cabot and is located in Northfield, VT since 1978. Darn Tough Vermont, The Premium All Weather Performance Sock, manufactures markets and distributes high performance hosiery to outdoor stores nationwide as well as to each branch of the US Military. To view the complete product line visit www.darntough.com(link is external)last_img read more

5 breakthrough ways to easily connect with millennials

first_imgMillennials are expected to overtake baby boomers in 2015 as the largest generation in the U.S., and with this in mind, it’s no wonder credit unions are eager to figure out how to improve tactics to fit in with millennial behavior.But how do you go about connecting millennials with your credit union? The answer is in the question itself. You have to connect with them. There may be a gap between credit unions and millennials, but we have some expert tips on how to bridge it. Here are five ways to connect with this essential demographic:1. Go heavy on video contentWe spoke to Jonathan, age 22, about how he likes to learn. He said that he is a visual person and loves to watch videos. This is a millennial norm. Maker Studios is the largest distributor of short-form video content in the world. They receive 11 billion monthly views, with 60 percent of their viewers between ages 13 and 34. Millennials are watching videos, and they’re watching lots of them. continue reading » 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Virus disrupts White House race as Sanders, Biden cancel rallies

first_img“We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak.”Biden’s campaign repeated the same concerns, adding: “We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events in the coming days.”The announcements underscored the rising concerns over the virus’s potential impact on the Democratic primary showdown, which has nearly three more months to run.They came as voters in six states were casting ballots Tuesday on who they want to represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.On Monday Ohio governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency as three people tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.A key battleground for Biden and Sanders, the state will hold primary votes on March 17.  Topics : Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden both cancelled their election night rallies in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday as fears of the coronavirus took hold in their taut primary battle.They were the first major US political events called off due to the virus, which has now infected more than 800 Americans across the country and left 28 dead.”Out of concern for public health and safety, we are cancelling tonight’s rally in Cleveland,” the Sanders campaign said in a statement.  last_img read more

A New Jersey Hero

first_imgMary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Chris Christie, presented Lore Macdonald, a co-founder of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, with the state’s 22nd New Jersey Hero Award during a ceremony Wednesday, July 17, at the Rumson County Day School. Celebrating the award are Horizons program students and, from left in the center: Macdonald; Chad Small, head of school at Rumson Country Day School; Bridget Christie, the Christies’ daughter; Christie; and Robin Scheman, president of the Horizons board.last_img

BREEDERS’ CUP NOTES FOR WED. NOV. 2 – DISTAFF

first_img            Land Over Sea – Land Over Sea was out Wednesday morning for a 1 3/4m gallop for Leandro Moro, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. Following the exercise, the daughter of Bellamy Road schooled in the paddock.             I’m a Chatterbox – Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s Spinster winner I’m a Chatterbox had another good morning at Santa Anita as she prepares for her second try in the Distaff. Last year, she finished eighth after a troubled trip.Following a similar routine to Tuesday, I’m a Chatterbox, with trainer Larry Jones aboard, galloped 5/8ths of a mile and then walked through the paddock before returning to her temporary home in barn 59.“She’s doing good,” Jones said. “The work (a bullet 5f in 59 Saturday at Keeneland) seemed to satisfy her. She was happy with what we did.”             Forever Unbridled – Charles Fipke’s homebred filly Forever Unbridled galloped a mile early Wednesday, leaving Barn 59 at 5:30 a.m. and impressing trainer Dallas Stewart in the process.“It was an ideal gallop,” Stewart said. “She has had another good morning.”             Corona Del Inca – Argentine import Corona Del Inca went to the main track at 7:45 a.m. and galloped leisurely 1 1/2m with jockey Pablo Falero, who is expected to be aboard the 5yo daughter of Luhuk in the Distaff. Distaff Notes             Curalina – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina galloped 1 1/4m Wednesday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in Friday’s Distaff.“She had a very strong gallop. She seems very happy with herself,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.Curalina, a Grade 1 winner at the Distaff distance of 1 1/8 miles, is scheduled to take on undefeated Songbird, three-time Eclipse champion Beholder and multiple Grade 1 winner Stellar Wind.“You’ve got horses with similar running styles in there. I think she’s versatile enough to get into a good stalking position and get into a good rhythm and take it from there,” Pletcher said. Stellar Wind – The Clement Hirsch and Zenyatta Stakes winner Stellar Wind went through her usual morning ritual of jogging and going to the paddock early Wednesday morning.With the sun yet to rise and a set ready to head for the track, trainer John Sadler reflected on last year’s controversial neck loss to Stopchargingmaria in the Distaff.“There was a long inquiry and we thought we were going to get put up to win,” Sadler said. “She got floated out and bumped twice in the stretch. We didn’t get the call. One of those things. It didn’t take long to get over it.“I think it helped her win the Eclipse Award because all the writers were there and could see she was the best horse in the race, a 3-year-old against older. She ran great, we were thrilled with the race, just didn’t get the ‘W.’”             Songbird – Maintenance mode continued for Breeders’ Cup distaff favorite Songbird with an easy 1 1/2m gallop Wednesday morning under Edgar Rodriguez.  The dark bay filly, with the distinctive white stripe down her nose, took to the main Santa Anita oval at 7 a.m., a bit later than usual, owing to a schooling session in the paddock in which she’ll participate as part of her pre-race ramp up.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, back on scene Wednesday following a visit to his Northern California string of runners, reported everything was going smoothly for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.“As a trainer, you get lucky to have a filly like this, so you’ve just got to take it in stride and enjoy while you can,” he said.  “When we received her, she was thought to be special and I think she’s proven that with her consistency.”Songbird will have regular rider Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard Friday. Smith, who is the winningest rider in the Breeders’ Cup history with 22 wins, has had the privilege of riding many great mares including Horses of the Year Azeri and the great Zenyatta, a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner.“I’ve been very blessed to have ridden so many great horses during my career,” Smith said.  “No question, Songbird is such a special filly. So was Zenyatta.  It’s always difficult – and sometimes unfair -to make comparisons between them. But, I can say that for a horse at her age, Songbird has the fastest cruising speed of any of them.”Asked if as a jockey it’s more fun to play “catch me if you can” on a speedy filly like Songbird or try to “mow them down from behind” like Zenyatta, Smith smiled and said,  “It’s like comparing apples and oranges – just as long as you get the bowl of fruit!”            Beholder – Two-time Breeders’ Cup champion and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder went to the track at 7 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2m over the main track under regular exercise rider Janeen Painter.Winning the Distaff at 3 is one of her Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s favorite memories of the champion 6yo mare.“We have had a lot of great memories with her,” Mandella said. “Surprising us to be ready for the Breeders’ Cup at 2, winning the Distaff at 3, still winning at 6; so many great memories to pick from.”last_img read more