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

President Bush tried to make the world a better place: Does your credit union?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As I was listening to the eulogies for President Bush last night, I couldn’t help but notice how often I heard words like loyalty, decency, public service, leadership, competitiveness humor and compassion. It struck me that this language has become antiquated and naïve sounding less than 30 years after a man who dedicated his life to these principles assumed the Presidency.It got me thinking that something has fundamentally changed in how we view each other, our government, and the obligations we owe one another and not for the better.  What is the credit union tie-in you wonder? Everyone reading this blog is making a living off an industry dedicated not only to helping people grow their wealth but also lending a helping hand to people of modest means. To me, at its core, this means a movement dedicated to ensuring that people, irrespective of their social station, are treated with the respect and entrusted with the responsibility that comes when helping your neighbors by pooling your resources together. Let’s continue to grow as an industry but let’s never lose sight of the fact that we have an obligation beyond growing in net worth. Here is a portion of the President’s inaugural address from 1989 which his son referenced in his eulogy.last_img read more

Ian Wright criticises David Luiz for throwing Unai Emery under the bus after Arsenal beat Manchester United

first_imgIan Wright criticises David Luiz for throwing Unai Emery under the bus after Arsenal beat Manchester United ‘He’s saying he was sad, when you’re happy you can sleep for hours and stuff like that, I don’t know. It went a bit deep for me!‘But what it says to me is that they’re obviously a lot happier than they were.‘It’s good to listen to him, because he’s talking about the youngsters understanding what it takes now to be a player at a club trying to achieve stuff, how hard you have to work to get that and how hard you have to work to maintain that.’ Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 9:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares The Gunners are now tenth in the Premier League table (Picture: Getty)Reacting to Luiz’s comments, Arsenal legend Wright told Premier League Productions: ‘It seems to me like he’s saying something about the old manager and maybe the way that he set them up, the way they trained – maybe they didn’t enjoy it as much.center_img Solskjaer after 2-0 defeat: Arsenal played ‘really well’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:15FullscreenSolskjaer after 2-0 defeat: Arsenal played ‘really well’https://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-2-0-defeat-arsenal-played-really-well-2079548/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He brings things and I believe in his philosophy. I think he can improve every single player. ‘In life when you are happy the results can be totally different.‘I always like to use the mantra, if you sleep happy you can sleep for hours, it’s better than sleeping sad for eight hours.‘If you work with happiness and believing what you are doing it is totally different, so I’m happy with everybody.‘But you need to understand our season is not there, we started very bad, I have to be honest, but things can change and there are still some titles to fight [for] and improvement for the team for the future.’ Advertisement Ian Wright thinks David Luiz crossed the line with his comments after Arsenal beat Manchester United (Picture: Getty/BT Sport)Ian Wright believes David Luiz ‘went a bit deep’ as he appeared to throw Unai Emery under the bus following Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United.Luiz produced an assured individual performance at the Emirates on Wednesday night as goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos secured a comprehensive opening win for new head coach Mikel Arteta.The result saw the Gunners rise to tenth in the Premier League table, while United are now five points behind Chelsea in what’s becoming an enthralling race for a top-four finish.Arsenal’s players have thrown their support behind Arteta after a dismal start to the season under his predecessor, Emery, and Luiz aimed a not-so-subtle swipe at the latter in his post-match interview.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:30FullscreenArteta speaks after Arsenal beat Man Utd 2-0https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenal-beat-man-utd-2-0-2079544/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Brazilian admitted that Arteta has brought ‘happiness’ back to a dressing room which has been severely lacking in confidence over the last few months.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We have to be honest and admit physically we are not ready, but you have to show heart and this team is ready to change a lot of things,’ Luiz told BT Sport.‘We showed that today and we are going to do big things in the future but step by step.‘Mikel Arteta is a great coach, he knows football, he was a great player. 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