Vermont Electric Cooperative announces annual meeting election results

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Results of Vermont Electric Cooperative’s (VEC) director elections and proposed bylaw amendments were announced during the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting held in Derby on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Incumbent District 1 Director Don Worth of Island Pond won re-election with 307 votes; challengers Ken Mason received 208 and Paul King received 75. Incumbent District 6 Director Dan Parsons of Richford ran unopposed and received 366 votes. Incumbent West Zone Director Dan Carswell of Franklin won re-election with 764 votes; challengers Robert Pearl received 262 votes, Caleb Elder 211 votes and Naomi Shaw 186 votes. Two proposed amendments to the bylaws also passed. An amendment to add conditions and processes for removing Directors passed with 2,293 votes in favor and 314 opposed and an amendment to eliminate a requirement that regular meetings of the board of directors be held within the VEC service territory passed with 2,296 votes in favor and 325 opposed.  Featured speakers at the meeting included Vermont Public Service Department Commissioner, Liz Miller, who spoke about Vermont’s energy future. Chief Executive Officer Dave Hallquist reported on VEC’s successful smart meter deployment and discussed the tough choices faced when choosing power suppliers. About 300 VEC members and guests attended the meeting. During a question and answer session there was a lively discussion about power supply options, including the proposed Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vermont. Members also raised questions about rising electricity costs and expressed concerns about state and national energy policy issues.Soruce: VEC. 5.22.2011last_img read more

Lee: Pardew has a job on his hands

first_imgFormer Newcastle skipper Rob Lee has warned Alan Pardew he faces a major fight to hold on to his best players if owner Mike Ashley does not back him with hard cash this summer. However, Lee believes it could take far more than that for Pardew to rebuild a squad which may yet be further depleted during the closed-season. Asked if four big signings would be enough, the 48-year-old former midfielder, an ambassador for the Budweiser Open Trials campaign, which will provide amateur footballers with the opportunity to play at Wembley in front of professional scouts, told Press Association Sport: “It’s a start. Is it enough? No, probably not. “Is [Loic] Remy going to sign for us? I am sure after the season he has had – he’s only on loan – he will have a lot of options and if he sees Newcastle selling Cabaye, their best player, what’s he going to think? “It’s not as though he’s going to have a shortage of offers, so my instinct would say he won’t sign, so you have got to replace him; there are rumours that [Papiss] Cisse is not happy and is going to go; Shola Ameobi is out of contract; [Cheick] Tiote, is he going to be happy with Cabaye going? I think there will be a lot of people after him. “You have to keep these people happy – [Fabricio] Coloccini again, is he going to stay? There were rumours he wanted to go back anyway. “Again, it comes down to when you start selling players, your best players that are left are not going to be happy.” Lee was not surprised to see Cabaye leave the club after he was unsettled by Arsenal’s bid in August, but was astonished that a replacement had not been lined up before PSG were given the green light. He said: “Everybody knew it was coming. That’s fine, but you have to have somebody lined up to replace him. He’s your best player. “He went very, very cheaply as well – if you look at [Juan] Mata going for £37million, he’s a bargain, he’s an absolute bargain for PSG. “We had to have someone lined up to replace him straight away, but typical Newcastle, we didn’t.” Whatever happens during the summer, Pardew faces the task of trying to plug the gap left by Cabaye. His initial attempt to do that in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby proved less than effective as Newcastle were trounced 3-0 by Sunderland to invite further recriminations after a dreadful week or so for the club, and Lee admits the manager has a problem on his hands. He said: “You look around and you think is there anybody there who can actually do that at the moment? I would say no. “It’s a major rebuild for Newcastle in the summer, but it depends how much money you are given. For a major rebuild, you need to spend a lot of money. Will Mike Ashley give him that money to do that?” *The Budweiser Open Trials, in association with BT Sport, will see six regional trials take place across the country. The trials will culminate in a showpiece match at Wembley Stadium. Those who make the cut will have one last chance to prove it’s never too late to achieve your dream as they play in front of professional scouts. Watch the first part of the Budweiser Open Trials on BT Sport on Saturday 8th March as part of its FA Cup coverage and subscribe to Pardew this week revealed he wants to make up to four major signings as he prepares for the new campaign having lost star man Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain last month. The £19million-plus the Magpies banked for the France international remains untouched after since-departed director of football Joe Kinnear failed to find a replacement before the transfer deadline. Press Associationlast_img read more

Despite record start, Orange now looking to prove legitimacy

first_imgFor the first 17 games of the season, everything seemed easy for Syracuse. It went up against opponents who were clearly not as skilled, and disposed of them without a problem. But once conference play started, things got tougher. Wins haven’t come as easily. And heading into the weekend, the Orange is going to look to prove what type of team it really is: Is it a Big East contender? Or just a non-conference bully? ‘I think the girls want to prove that they’re a good team,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘Starting off 1-2 in the Big East gets people talking that we aren’t as good as our (non-conference) record showed.’ After a 17-0 start, the best in program history, SU’s (18-2, 1-2 Big East) dominance hasn’t carried into its Big East schedule. The team is in a good position to turn things around this weekend, going up against two teams that are 0-3 against conference opponents this season in Connecticut and St. John’s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text UConn has struggled overall, coming into Syracuse with a 2-12 overall record. And although it might be winless in conference, the Red Storm could be a tough challenge as it goes into the weekend 13-7. Despite having the best overall record in the Big East, the Orange’s success against conference opponents has been minimal. Syracuse’s lone conference victory came in a 3-1 win over Georgetown. Its first loss of the season came at the hands of South Florida. Then, SU had its worst game of the season in a 3-1 loss to Villanova. If the Orange could take any solace in its match against the Wildcats, it’s the fact that it didn’t necessarily lose because it wasn’t good enough. Really, SU beat itself, not getting to balls it should have been able to get to. ‘Not everything clicked the way it had been clicking,’ outside hitter Mindy Stanislovaitis said. ‘We just need to keep working on the things that happened this weekend and come out stronger.’ It’s obvious that the level of competition SU faced throughout its non-conference schedule was much lower. So low, in fact, that Syracuse played 10 straight games without losing a single set. Still, the Orange displayed an offense that looked to be capable of beating any opponent. But that hasn’t been the case. And that’s what the Orange will try to turn around this weekend. SU does have an advantage in that both of its next two games are at home. For the first time this season, the Orange will have the crowd behind it for a conference game. ‘It makes such a big difference,’ defensive specialist Sarah Hayes said. ‘When we’re on the road, we’re on a bus for six hours a day. It’s miserable, your body hurts, everything just isn’t right.’ Although it’s still early to start thinking seriously about winning the conference championship, there’s still some significance to this weekend. If SU loses both games, it’ll remain at the very bottom of the Big East, in a position that could be impossible to recover from. The best-case scenario would clearly be to take both games and head into next week with a 3-2 conference record. Also on the line for SU is getting into the top five in the conference, which would be an improvement over its current 10th-place position. Otherwise, Hayes said, SU could play itself out of contention. ‘Definitely teams we need to beat,’ Hayes said. ‘(Head coach) Jing (Pu) was telling us that this is crucial for us to get into the top five this weekend. If we don’t, then we won’t. And that’s where we need to be.’ For the first time this year, the Orange heads into a game with its back against the wall. Not so much because the Huskies are better, but because questions of the Orange’s true skill will linger. This isn’t a position SU is used to. At least not this season. But if the Orange wants to prove that it really is a good team, and deserves to be top five in the Big East, it will have to try to use that to its advantage. Especially if Syracuse wants to prove that it belongs in the conversation for conference contenders. ‘Just come out strong, that’s really what we need to do,’ Stanislovaitis said. ‘When it comes down to it, we’ve been underdogs in the Big East all four years I’ve been here. We need to take on that underdog mentality. That fighter mentality that we’re not going to let anybody roll over us.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemanlast_img read more