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

BCA delays inaugural T20 tournament until 2021 as Coronavirus arrives

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Wednesday announced the suspension of its 2020 domestic season, which will see its highly anticipated inaugural T20 franchise competition being postponed until next year.The decision, announced in a BCA statement, came a day after the first two cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed here.The BCA said that given the measures announced by the Government – which include restricting the number of people at public gatherings, such as sporting events, to 100 – the April start of the domestic season will be suspended for at least 90 days.“The Association will assess this decision in light of the national context and any Government directives at June 22, 2020,” it said.“The inaugural edition of the BCA’s T20 franchise competition will now therefore be played in 2021. The BCA remains committed to the development of Barbados through its stewardship of the sport and looks forward to fortifying its relationship with stakeholders during this period of uncertainty.”The six-week franchise tournament, the Kadooment Twenty20 Cup, was expected to kick off the 2020 season on April 17, the first time semi-professional cricket would be played domestically.Matches were set to be played by the six teams on Friday nights, with a double header on Sunday nights at Kensington Oval.The names of the captains, the head coaches and one other official from the teams had been expected to be announced at a draft of players on Tuesday.The suspension of the domestic season will also impact the regular T20 tournament in which clubs and the schools in the Intermediate and Second Division participate. That was to run simultaneously with the Kadooment Twenty20 Cup.Several other local sporting events have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. While the final of the annual National Primary Schools’ Athletics Championships was allowed to go on as planned on Tuesday, as athletes and other students had gathered at the National Stadium before the announcement of the COVID-19 cases, the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been cancelled.last_img read more

Stenson Hopes to Win Nine More Majors to Surpass Ibrahimmovic

first_imgIbrahimovic recently signed for Manchester United after scoring 50 goals in 51 matches for French champions Paris St-Germain last season.He also won 12 trophies in four seasons with the French club.Stenson has little time to savour his Open win given the fourth major of the year, the USPGA Championship, starts at Baltusrol on 28 July.“This is huge back home and it has been quite chaotic with all the media, but it’s all good and I’m just going to try to recharge,” he said.The world’s top four players – Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson – have all withdrawn from next month’s Rio Olympics.They have cited concerns over the Zika virus, which has been linked to defects in newborn babies and also found to cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that leads to temporary paralysis in adults.Stenson, now fifth in the world rankings, said he is looking forward to competing in Rio in what is golf’s first appearance at the Olympics for 112 years.“I’m a huge sporting fan in general and to see an Olympic Games from the inside and participate is going to be huge,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.“If I can do myself and my country proud by bringing home a medal, that would be awesome. I’ve got a Claret Jug now and any Olympic medal would be quite nice to put next to it in the trophy cabinet.”Stenson birdied four of his final five holes at Royal Troon and had 10 in total in a round of 63 to finish three shots clear of American Phil Mickelson.“I was so zoned in the last five holes I didn’t know how many birdies I had made in that round,” said Stenson.“I was so focused on getting the job done, it was not until I had that birdie putt at the last that I could let go and realise I’ve done the achievement of my career.“It was just an added bonus for that putt to drop and set a new Open record, but it was all about bringing that Claret Jug home to Sweden and be the first Swedish male to win a major championship.“It’s huge and it’s going to get better and better with time I’m sure.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Open golf champion, Henrik Stenson, has said that he may need nine more majors before he can be compared to another Swedish sporting legend – footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Stenson won his first major last Sunday with a record-low total at Royal Troon.Compatriot Ibrahimovic, 34, is one of sport’s most iconic figures and has won trophies in Spain, Italy and France.“I think I said I needed to win 10 majors to get up to his recognition,” said Stenson, 40. “Maybe five will do it. We’ll see! One at a time.”last_img read more