D-oh! Vermont means businesses! Over the past week the Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has served as a clearinghouse, offering opportunities to the business community to market Vermont and their products by rallying around the Simpsons premiere. The Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council reached out to the business community to secure donations for gifts for the premiere, and companies to exhibit at the premiere street fair. The Vermont Chamber supported the Springfield Regional Chamber in their immediate needs to raise funds for security, safety, and sanitation.As part of the effort, the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Council partnered with longtime Vermont Chamber member Radio Vermont to run a day-long promotion awarding two tickets to the Simpsons screening. “Ever since the announcement that Springfield would host the movie, we’ve had a lot of interest. It was great to have the opportunity to offer our listeners a chance to actually be there, and the response to the promotion was tremendous,” stated Eric Michaels, WDEV co-anchor and Radio Vermont General Manager. “People were knocking the door down at 5 p.m. last night to submit a last-minute entry.” Chris Yager of Williston won the tickets.The Vermont Hospitality Council also spread the word that products were needed for gifts in sap buckets. Offers came fast and furious. “Our members know the value of placing their products directly into the hands of 50 Hollywood V.I.P.s,” stated Vicky Tebbetts, Vice President of the Vermont Chamber’s Hospitality Council. As soon as we sent the notice, we were flooded with willing donors. Soon we were wondering how everything would fit in a sap bucket!”Each sap bucket also includes a copy of the Vermont Chamber’s Vacation Guide and Attractions Map, published in cooperation with the State Department of Tourism and Marketing; as well as the Ski and Maple Map, published by the Vermont Chamber, the Vermont Ski Areas Association, and the Vermont Maple Foundation. Collectively these publications market nearly one thousand Vermont hospitality businesses.In addition, many Vermont Chamber member businesses jumped at the offer to exhibit at the street fair, to take place on Saturday directly prior to the premiere.The Vermont Hospitality Council of the Vermont Chamber worked in partnership with the Vermont Grocers’ Association, Vermont Specialty Foods, and the Vermont Farms! Association to offer the opportunity to their members as well. The Vermont Chamber continues to enjoy a close and established relationship with the Vermont Film Commission and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, two primary organizers of the event. Can’t keep all these partnerships straight? Don’t have a cow, man!
Facebook Twitter Google+ PITTSBURGH — For a split second, it appeared Syracuse wouldn’t even be able to inbound the ball trailing Pittsburgh by one with 4.4 seconds left.Lamar Patterson locked up C.J. Fair at half court as two Pittsburgh defenders straddled Tyler Ennis by the free-throw line.But then Ennis broke free. He took a pass from Jerami Grant and raced upcourt in four dribbles. After the last — a crossover to split Cameron Wright and Josh Newkirk — he leaped and hoisted a high-arcing heave from about 35 feet.The 12,935 people in the Petersen Events Center froze in place. The students in the Oakland Zoo, eyes squinting in worry. The Syracuse reserves and coaches, arms locked out in anticipation. Ennis, knees bent as he watched the ball rotate closer and closer toward the rim.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think those shots are going to go in, really. I never do,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “But when he shot it, I saw his release and when I saw the ball, I thought it was going in.”It did. And as the Pitt fans thrashed — some slamming their fists against the hard plastic backings of their seats, others raising their middle fingers toward the court — the Orange bench burst onto the court in jubilation.Boeheim threw his hands up. Fair raced after his teammates from underneath the hoop. And the hero, Ennis, took off down court yelling incoherently.“I want to see what I was saying,” Ennis said. “I don’t remember.”For those who watched the game, it’s hard to remember anything before or after his buzzer-beater went in to give No. 1 Syracuse (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) its 58-56 win over No. 25 Pitt (20-5, 8-4). For most of the game, it was hard to imagine SU being able to extend its program-best winning streak and earn only its second win in the Pete since it opened in 2002.But with one shot, the ghosts of Fair’s early air ball and Rakeem Christmas’ potentially disastrous foul only moments earlier disappeared. Patterson’s three 3-pointers — each one sailing seemingly farther than the last — were erased.A game that Syracuse should have lost becomes remembered by one of the greatest shots in school history and arguably the best in college basketball this season.“He came up with a play to go down in history,” Fair said. “I think I got hoarse in five seconds from being so excited and happy.”The shot wouldn’t have been possible without Fair’s 3-pointer and baseline jumper in the final 1:42, or Ennis’ two free throws at the 10.8-second mark. But, it might not have been possible without Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon’s timeout following Talib Zanna’s go-ahead free throw with 4.4 ticks left, either.The Orange was out of timeouts and Grant, the inbounder, likely would have had a hard time finding a teammate going downcourt.Instead, SU was able to set up its offensive set — one that ultimately led to the second option being the hero.“Unlike most coaches, we have never practiced that play,” Boeheim said.Boeheim told Grant to hit Fair long. But when the referee handed Grant the basketball on the baseline, Patterson was blocking Fair from making his cut to the hoop.So he made, what he called, the only basketball play he could. He gave his team a sure chance of at least getting a shot up.“He told me I still should’ve threw it long,” Grant said, “but at the same time Tyler hit his shot, so he couldn’t really say too much.”Quipped Boeheim: “I just told him that Tyler saved his ass.”The moment fits right into the almost unbelievable season Syracuse is going through.It’s won seven of 11 conference games by no more than 10 points, including a comeback win in the team’s first matchup with Pitt and an instant overtime classic against Duke on Feb. 1 that Boeheim called the best game in Carrier Dome history.The team finds a new way to win any game. And if Ennis’ borderline miraculous shot means anything, it’s that there are more solutions to come.Said Patterson: “There’s not much you can do about that. It was just meant for them to win.” Comments Published on February 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1
Photo: Mary “Pamela” Wray of Fort St. John is one of six British Columbians collecting prizes after quiting smoking. Today Northern Health Authority Region officials Betty Morris, COO, Northeast Health Services Delivery Area and Dr. Charl Badenhorst, Medical Health Officer congratulated Prize Winner Pamela Wray (centre) on her biggest win: quitting smoking – submittedA 71 year-old woman proves its not too late to quit smoking after she won a province-wide challenge. – Advertisement -Fort St. John resident Mary Wray, along with 5 other British Columbians, won the BC Lung Association’s QuitNow & WIN contest. Wray was a smoker for 58 years. She says she threw away all of her rolling papers and tobacco and hid her ashtrays to help her quit. Wray was one of 7,000 people who signed up for the challenge. The contestants had to prove they were smoke-free by providing urine samples and a carbon dioxide test. The winners were chosen randomly after a one month challenge. Wray won a two thousand, 500 dollar gift certificate for WestJet. She says she plans to use the certificate to visit her sister in Ontario, whom she hasn’t seen for almost 45 years. For more information about the 2009 QuitNow & WIN contest, visit www.quitnow.ca.Advertisement