Greentree Real Estate Welcomes New Salesperson

first_imgGreentree Real Estate Welcomes New SalespersonMonkton, VT — Greentree Real Estate is delighted to welcome Katrina E. Roberts as their newest Realtor. Katrina joined the Greentree team this July bringing with her an extensive background in marketing, public relations, non-profit events and community outreach work. Most recently, Katrina was the Director of External Affairs for ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. She has also worked for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation and the New England Culinary Institute. Katrina grew up in Louisiana and continued her education at Bentley College where she obtained a bachelors degree in marketing.Katrina lives in Monkton with her husband, Colby, and two young daughters. She can be reached at (802) 482-5232 ext.26 or katrina@vermontgreentree.com(link sends e-mail).Greentree Real Estate is located in Monkton, Vermont and has over 44 years of combined real estate experience concentrated in both Addison and Chittenden Counties. For more information, please visit www.vermontgreentree.com(link is external). ####last_img read more

Vermont’s Fire Apparatus Magazine sold to PennWell

first_imgPennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and information company, announced today that it has acquired Tunbridge, Vermont-based Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and the website FireMagazine.com. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, founded in 1996 in Tunbridge, Vermont by C. Peter and Kathryn Jorgensen under the company name Fire Apparatus, LLC, is widely recognized as the leading source of information about fire apparatus-related products. Published monthly for a North American readership of 35,000, Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment caters to fire chiefs, purchasing and finance committees, trustees, commissioners and other fire professionals who buy trucks, tools, turnout gear and firefighting equipment. They read Fire Apparatus and the monthly Fire Apparatus eNewsletter for news and insight to make well-informed buying decisions.Noting that PennWell is the undisputed leader in providing information for the fire service as publisher of Fire Engineering magazine and owner of the FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference) trade show, PennWell President and Chief Executive Officer Robert F. Biolchini said, “PennWell is pleased to expand our fire portfolio with this outstanding publication and website, which provides us a vertical extension focused on equipment and apparatus. Since 1996 Kathryn Jorgensen and her late husband Peter Jorgensen have built their company based on editorial excellence and a strong industry reputation. Fire Apparatus offers a perfect fit with PennWell as we celebrate our own centennial anniversary this year.”Fire Apparatus, LLC President Kathryn Jorgensen will assist with the transition and expressed her confidence in PennWell as the best home for the future growth of the publication and website. “My goal in selling Fire Apparatus was to find a publisher who would continue and strengthen the magazine that my husband founded. I am very pleased that PennWell, which has an excellent reputation in the fire service and in providing information to multiple global markets, will do that,” she said.PennWell will manage the business from its headquarters in Tulsa under Lyle Hoyt, senior vice president responsible for PennWell’s Dental and Fire Groups. Current Fire Apparatus publisher and sales manager Bob Kelly and editor-in-chief Lyn Bixby will continue in those roles under PennWell.In addition to Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine and website, PennWell’s fire-related businesses include Fire Engineering, which has published continuously since 1877 as the leading training magazine for the fire service, along with the more recently launched FireEngineering.com and Fire Engineering University. Founded in 1928, PennWell’s FDIC is the oldest and largest firefighter training show in the world and is held annually for 26,000 attendees and 817 exhibitors occupying 352,000 net square feet at the Indianapolis Convention Center. PennWell is launching a new event, TAK-Response Conference and Exhibition, which will be held September 14’16, 2010 in San Jose, California to provide real-time, threat-based training for law enforcement, fire service, EMS/medical, emergency nursing, homeland security and other disaster professionals. As part of its international expansion, PennWell will hold its first Fire Engineering India Conference & Exhibition in May 2011 in New Delhi, India.PennWell’s dedication to the fire service led to the creation of the Fire Engineering Courage and Valor Foundation following the tragic terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. This independent, tax-free foundation will exist in perpetuity to annually bestow the Courage and Valor medal and a cash award to the firefighter (or his family, if deceased) who has most exemplified Courage and Valor in a fire rescue. Since 2002 the Courage and Valor award has been presented annually at FDIC in Indianapolis.About PennWellCelebrating its centennial in 2010, PennWell Corporation is a privately held and highly diversified business-to-business media and information company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for the following industries in addition to fire and emergency services: Oil and gas, electric power generation and delivery, hydropower, renewable energy, water and wastewater treatment, waste management, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, optoelectronics, fiberoptics, nanotechnology, aerospace and avionics, LEDS and lighting, and dental.Founded in 1910, PennWell publishes over 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, conducts 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. In addition to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Company has major offices in Nashua, New Hampshire; Houston, Texas; London, England; Mountain View, California; Fairlawn, New Jersey; Moscow, Russia, and Hong Kong, China. Source: PennWell Corporation On Friday August 20, 2010, 3:40 pmTULSA, Okla., Aug. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Anti-CAFO group takes case to presidential candidates after failing in legislature

first_imgDES MOINES — After a failure during the state legislative session, an environmental group plans to make its case about so-called factory farms to the continuous string of presidential candidates coming through Iowa.Adam Mason, state policy director for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, says they want to bring a halt to new confined animal feeding operations or CAFOs. “When we talk to folks all across the state, in rural communities and towns alike, folks don’t want more factory farms here in Iowa,” Mason says. “We’ll continue to organize with rural communities to stop the construction of factory farms as we continue to try and build more support among legislators.”While the effort failed to gain traction in the recently-ended state legislative session, Mason says they intend to work to build momentum during the interim and reintroduce the measure next year. “When the 2020 legislative session starts, our moratorium bill will be eligible for debate again,” Mason says. “We’ll be ready to hit the ground running next January when legislators come back to Des Moines.”Mason says the legislation targets only the bigger CAFOS. “What we’re looking for is a moratorium, meaning, no construction permits issued for medium or large animal feeding operations on any new or expanding CAFOS,” Mason says. “That would allow family farmers to continue building their operations out but no more the size of 500 animal units or 2,500 hogs or above.”The ICCI website says more than 8,000 corporate-run factory farms now dominate Iowa’s landscape, posing a threat to clean air, clean water, safe food and a high quality of life.last_img read more

How can GECOM conduct an election without a budget?

first_imgDear Editor,The Minister of Communities recently announced 12th November 2018 as the date for Local Government Elections (LGE).This announcement implies the obvious clear signal by the Guyana Elections Commission of readiness; albeit, the oblivion surrounding new Local Government areas, and the tight schedule implications for all concerned stakeholders.The required notice comes with a measure of pomposity as it relates to the Government’s so-called interest in democracy at this level. The superfluous talk-up must be recognised for the deception it seeks to camouflage. This is given the Coalition Government’s subversion of the Local Government Commission; the rather numerous acts of non-support, and often tolerated disruptive thuggish actions by many of their agents in councils of Local Authority Areas they did not win at the last LGE.Local Government Elections is a serious matter, and GECOM’s readiness must be transparent, timely, and equally revealing to all stakeholders, persons and groups contesting the Elections, and voters at large. The Chairman, Mr Patterson, recently boasted of his confidence in GECOM’s Public Relations mechanism to achieve this end. Observably, however, one cannot agree that these expectations have been efficiently and sufficiently met. Cases in point are as follows:GECOM is yet to prepare a budget for the elections. While it is known that G$2.9 billion has been approved in appropriations by the National Assembly for the event, it is sad that the sincerest view of the general public is that this will be yet another opportunity for the GECOM Secretariat to spend wild and have a three-month party.We are yet to hear about the clear demarcation of the constituencies in Local Authority Areas to be served by specific Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs). Clear lines of demarcation of the boundaries is a must.While we are hearing that Minister Ronald Bulkan announced that there will be ten additional local Authority Areas, GECOM must clearly provide the communities and the leaders of the communities with all the relevant information, so that the candidates can prepare themselves properly for the up-coming elections.Minister Bulkan, in June this year, published in the Official Gazette an order to remove fourteen constituencies from well established areas. This gerrymandering is a matter of serious concern, and citizens are contending that this will further complicate the situation and lead to confusion. Splitting the NDCs will create serious problems, as there are several issues that are pending since 2016 Local Government Elections. The Malgre Tout and Canals NDCs suffered serious unsolved boundaries’ problems, and the Commissioners at GECOM cannot leave these boundary issues to the fantasy of the GECOM Secretariat.How can GECOM conduct an election without a budget? The Minister is absolutely correct to say that there is wasteful and un-necessary spending at the GECOM. Presently, the public is questioning the extravagant spending on transportation and meals at the just concluded continuous registration. Hundreds of friends and families of a particular party are employed, or they are on the payroll just to provide cover-up for the massive spending at the Secretariat.Guyanese are now demanding that the numerous transactions must be done in a transparent and accountable manner!!The Commission must ensure that proper consultations are done with the relevant stakeholders — inclusive of political parties and the residents themselves — regarding the newly instituted boundaries of the Local Authority Areas. In this respect, there is need for much clarity.Further, in the Local Authority Areas which now have reduced constituencies, a comprehensive boundary plan has to be established and tested before been put into operation. The Commission should edify the population on the criteria used in defining those new boundaries. A search on the website and the Official Gazette is yet to reveal the authority to which the new boundaries would be established.The Commission should also inform the nation on whether the new Local Authority Areas had their demarcation of boundaries done recently, or whether they are using the old established demarcations.In essence, the problems — old and new — MUST be effectively addressed by GECOM. As much as possible, the general public has to be informed, in a timely manner, of procedural changes, and be given clear and precise directions.We look forward to GECOM’s pronouncements on how the dissemination of key information is evaluated, and what actions are taken when the approaches prove to be less than effective.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more