Northeast Kingdom Chamber moving to Green Mountain Mall

first_imgThe Northeast Kingdom Chamber announced today it has signed a long-term lease to move its office into the Green Mountain Mall. The chamber office will relocate to a prime spot in the center, between Radio Shack and the Union Bank, directly across from the mall entrance of JC Penney. The move follows the chamber’s departure from the Pomerleau Building, directly above the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, a location it had occupied since 2003. The Town of St. Johnsbury, owner of the building, indicated to the chamber in September its desire to rent the entire second floor of the structure to a single tenant and take over operations of the welcome center. The NEK Chamber, established in St. Johnsbury in 1891, has more than 375 business members from throughout the tri-county region known as the Northeast Kingdom. Half of its membership is hospitality related, the remaining 50 percent service-related businesses. ‘The chamber looked at more than 20 locations throughout the region, and the mall space seemed to be a great fit for our organization,’ said Hannah Manley, Northeast Kingdom Chamber president. ‘It will allow us to efficiently serve our membership from a convenient location and will also allow us to prominently display our brochure racks, promoting our members, in the hallways of the mall.’ The chamber move is fortuitous timing for the organization and the mall, which is starting renovations to the center this year. The chamber will not be the only tenant moving into the mall this winter; two other businesses are expected to sign contracts for space within the first quarter of 2012. ‘We are very pleased to have an organization such as the Northeast Kingdom Chamber, a leader in the business community, coming into the mall,’ said Bernard E. Healy Jr., Green Mountain Mall owner. ‘We are in the process of putting a revitalization plan for the mall in place, and we are excited the Northeast Kingdom Chamber will be a strong partner in making these changes happen.’ St. Johnsbury Town Manager Ralph Nelson stated he is ‘absolutely thrilled’ the chamber has decided to remain in St. Johnsbury, adding, ‘There has been a long-standing, strong relationship between the Town of St. Johnsbury and the Northeast Kingdom Chamber. I am very hopeful their relocation will not diminish that.’ Chamber Executive Director Darcie McCann noted the chamber received many suggestions from members and residents on where to relocate its offices, but the suggestion she heard the most was going to the mall. She noted the ease of finding the office, considerable foot traffic, ample parking and public visibility appealed to the chamber in selecting the site. ‘Being in a retail environment ourselves will greatly assist our efforts in attracting stores to the region,’ said McCann. ‘We are very aware our region needs additional stores and companies, and we plan on doubling our efforts in seeking out such businesses and reinvigorating our economic development efforts.’ Construction on the planned chamber space is expected to start immediately and will include a computer resource center for businesses.  The computer center will include two computers, a multi-use copy/fax/scan/printer and high-speed internet that businesses can use free of charge. The computer center is being sponsored by the Vermont Department of Labor, Continuing Education at St. Johnsbury Academy and the Northeast Kingdom Chamber. ‘While it is exciting pursuing a new direction, we must acknowledge that it will be bittersweet leaving the Welcome Center and downtown,’ said McCann. ‘In addition to our increased retail and economic development efforts, we will continue to support the Welcome Center and promote our downtown businesses at our new location.’ The chamber plans to move into its new space in the first few weeks of 2012 and will retain a presence on the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center Advisory Board. CAPTION: Northeast Kingdom Chamber Past President Barbara Olden stands in front of what will be the new chamber offices in the Green Mountain Mall come the beginning of the year. Olden, from Union Bank, will be a neighbor of the chamber office, which will be located between the bank and Radio Shack and directly across the mall entrance to JC Penney.last_img read more

Lukaku marks comeback with winner

first_img The on-loan Chelsea forward will also be looking for it to give his form a lift as it was his first goal since the end of December which gave his side a 1-0 win. He was on target for the Toffees on his debut at Upton Park back in September, prompting a run of eight in nine games. Substitute Romelu Lukaku marked his return from a month on the sidelines through injury with a late winner against West Ham to breathe much-needed life into Everton. With the hosts coming up against a barrier – both physical and mental – in the final third, it seemed both sides were happier counter-attacking. But when Carlton Cole flicked on a ball to Nolan, exploiting a space between the centre-back pair of Sylvain Distin and John Stones, deputising for the injured Phil Jagielka, Barry appeared to have both arms around the Hammers captain’s midriff before he went to ground on the edge of the area, although Moss waved play on. The introduction of Andy Carroll, on for an injured Carlton Cole, saw West Ham raise their game as they started to dominate the physical battle. Steven Pienaar came closest to scoring less than two minutes into the second half when Leighton Baines teed him up for a low shot from the left of the penalty area, but Adrian did enough to tip it on to the post and then recover to claim Deulofeu’s rebounded effort. Pienaar did not do so well with Baines’ next pass, looping a shot over the crossbar, while Carroll forced Howard to tip over a rasping left-footed effort from distance after Stone’s poor touch and drilled over another powerful half-volley. Lukaku finally made his return on the hour and Aiden McGeady arrived 10 minutes later, but they struggled to add any life to Everton up front. That was until eight minutes from time, when Baines’ cut-back picked out Lukaku on the penalty spot and he rammed home left-footed. Energised, the Belgian was narrowly over with a volley on the turn but he had already done enough. Since then the well has run dry with just that single goal four days after Christmas, but manager Roberto Martinez insisted this week the player’s enforced break with an ankle injury sustained in the Merseyside derby had given the Belgium international chance to rejuvenate himself. Surprisingly he did not start the match and was held back for an hour by Martinez, but he proved his manager’s pre-match assessment was not just empty words with a first-time strike in the 81st minute. It was perhaps fitting a striker should decide what was, in the majority, a rather turgid affair on the 34th anniversary of the death of Goodison’s greatest goalscorer Dixie Dean. With his loan spell due to end in three months, and no prospect of a permanent stay so far, Lukaku will never match Dean’s record of 383 goals in 433 appearances, but this strike was an important one as the Toffees had failed to score in three of their last four league matches and had won just twice since the turn of the year. That run has seen them drop well off the pace for Champions League contention but this result will give them a much-needed lift. Up to the goal being scored, the major talking point was referee Jon Moss’ assessment that Gareth Barry had not fouled Kevin Nolan just as the West Ham captain looked to be clean through on goal in the first half. A red card at that point may have changed the outcome, especially with West Ham having won their last four and with four clean sheets in their last five games, and manager Sam Allardyce was visibly aggrieved at the decision. Everton, who have lost once in 21 league games at home, struggled to trouble goalkeeper Adrian, with only Steven Naismith’s angled strike and Gerard Deulofeu’s weaving run through the Hammers’ massed ranks to shoot narrowly wide genuinely threatening. Press Associationlast_img read more