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Students reflect on activities as “Welcome Weekend” concludes

first_imgWelcome Weekend drew to a close Monday, concluding orientation activities for incoming first-year and transfer students.Junior Prathm Juneja, student government chief of staff, said he thought this year’s Welcome Weekend staff and student government volunteers did a great job of creating an “all-inclusive” environment for new students.“I think what we did best was trying to establish a welcoming, incoming connection individually to really show that student government really cares about our students,” he said. “Everyone here can be really connected and it should be an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other.”Freshman Carmen Bolivar, also a resident of Lewis Hall, said moving into her dorm helped her feel welcomed during her first few days at Notre Dame. Her older brother knew a sophomore Welcome Weekend ambassador in Lewis, who she met during the weekend.“I think just seeing her and starting to meet everyone in Lewis was super fun,” Bolivar said. “I think just having that as my first experience coming into Notre Dame really made me feel more in the family and really connected to everyone.”Freshman Carina Walton-Roberts, a resident of Lewis Hall, said her favorite event was the class photo.“I liked Domerfest but I think the most fun would probably be the class picture that we took,” she said. “They took it from the football field and we stood like the band does in the ND shape.”Sophomore Dea Meissner, said she and other transfer students were divided into small groups which allowed them to get to know other students. Meissner said it was especially helpful for those who were not Gateway students — students who enroll at Holy Cross College during their first year of studies and transfer to Notre Dame during their sophomore year.“I think they did a good job of breaking people into small groups because I think the hardest part is no one knows each other or you’re in a situation where half of the people are Gateway and you’re not Gateway,” she said.Sophomore Kyla Kosidowski, a Gateway transfer student, said each small group was led by upperclassmen who had transferred to Notre Dame in previous years.“They were really willing to help us with anything we needed, and … they were just more than happy to help us with anything that we had questions on,” she said. “So that’s been nice, [having] a support system from people who’ve already been through the same thing we have.”Junior Margaret Meserve, Cavanaugh Hall’s Welcome Weekend co-captain, said it was rewarding to see the event come together this weekend.“  … You go into things like this with a little bit of anxiety because it’s kind of your baby,” she said. “We’ve been working on it since the spring so I think we started in April. It’s a long time of planning … but it really just ended up being a success so I think it went really well.”Tags: Class of 2021, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

Williston Rotary donates $3,500 to ‘Split the Ticket’ fuel program

first_imgThe Williston Rotary has donated $3,500 to the Patch Chit Split the Ticket Program. The money will provide fuel help for next winter. The Patch Chit fuel assistance fund was established by the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association more than two decades ago to provide a safety net during the cold winter months. “We thank the Williston Rotary for providing Vermonters in need with another place to turn,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Vermont heating fuel dealers are, for the most part, small family-owned businesses that live in the same community where they work. They see the need first-hand and are often the first to respond in a crisis. There are many Vermonters who are in need but do not qualify for heating assistance programs, and for more than 20 years VFDA’s Patch Chit program has been there for them. The program provides an opportunity for Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to continue a proud tradition of giving back to their communities.Here is how it works: VFDA member companies agree to donate a delivery of up to 150 gallons to a customer; those pledged gallons, or chits, will be matched with donations from the community. All money collected will be used to “Split the Ticket.” VFDA’s Fuel Assistance Program is one of several efforts by Vermont’s heating fuel retailers to help those who need assistance the most during the winter. VFDA works with community action agencies, Habitat for Humanity, the Vermont Heating Assistance Program, low income advocates and the Vermont Military Families Assistance Fund to distribute fuel to those in need.To find out more about VFDA’s Patch Chit Split the Ticket ProgramCLICK HERE or call 802-223-7750.last_img read more

BioTek, Foley Companies, Small Dog Electronics named finalists for Vermont business award

first_imgThis year s competition for the highly anticipated Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award was impressive. Many Vermont businesses who applied for this prestigious award were worthy but only three could be named as finalists. This year s finalists are BioTek Instruments, Inc of Winooski, The Foley Family of Companies of Rutland, and Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield.  All three businesses exemplify the standards by which the Deane C Davis Outstanding Business Award nominees are judged. The award is presented by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.One of these impressive finalists will be named the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year on Wednesday, May 26.  The award presentation ceremony will kick off the 26th annual Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Governor Jim Douglas will present the award at 10 am in the foyer of the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. Until that time, one of the most important traditions of the award will remain intact; the winner s identity is kept secret, even from the finalists, until the moment the award is presented.This year s finalists exemplify the resourcefulness, innovation and success that radiates from all corners of the state and captures the essence of Vermont business. All share in common their dedication to their employees, communities and Vermont s natural environment.  However, each tells a unique story of vision, commitment and growth.  BioTek Instruments, Inc. is a privately held and family-run business that was founded in 1968. The organization develops instruments used to facilitate the drug recovery process and to aid in the advancement of life science research. This evolving company is committed to continued financial growth, the welfare of its employees and reducing the company s impact on the environment, making it a strong contender for this prestigious award.The Foley Family of Companies started in 1879, when Michael Foley purchased Goodwin s Laundry in Rutland, Vermont.  The business grew over generations and eventually became Foley Laundry, a business still in operation today.  The Foley family used the small operation to launch new business ideas and in 1973, the Foley Family of Companies was created.  Today, the thriving business owns and operates The Party Store, Pistols & Roses, Foley Services and Foley Distributing.  Small Dog Electronics has been making a name for itself in the competitive electronic retail market since 1995. Recognized by Apple as the most knowledgeable Apple retailer in the U.S., Small Dog is the only Apple specialist and authorized Apple reseller in Vermont.  Founded by Don and Hapy Mayer, the company started with the modest duo and grew over the last 15 years to a crew of more than 40 people and almost as many office dogs.  The growth and sustainability illustrated by Small Dog Electronics speaks to the high company standards outlined in their mission statement.  This business has a strong commitment to people, planet, and profit. In an effort to recognize and honor Vermont s best companies, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award in 1990. Named for the former Governor of Vermont, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Commitment to the environment and dedication to employee relations are key components to receiving this award as well.Join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine as we unveil this year s award recipient at the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO on Wednesday, May 26 during the opening ceremonies.###last_img read more

Association JRE Croatia is richer for two more restaurants

first_imgAnd Bob’s Tavern stands out with its appearance on Instagram: the photos that follow life in and around the tavern are all just not a boring string of new menus and dishes. The pictures are full of emotions and sincere desire to communicate the values ​​that Bobi cares about: the sea, nature, family, Murter, Kornati, togetherness…, worth peek at the profile! Boba, a family nickname – a kind of dedication to a family story and a link to Murter – is the name of the tavern where he chefs Vjeko Basic. For years, one of the cult Dalmatian restaurants has nurtured a true culinary tradition based on fresh seafood, as well as vegetables and spices from the restaurant’s ecological garden. The family tavern is one of the few on the coast that is open all year round and has its regular guests, although it is relatively isolated from established tourist routes. In addition to the great kitchen, the reason is a pleasant interior with an open fireplace and, of course, friendly and professional staff led by an eternally smiling chef. Marko Gajski with Vis cake (photo by Spori Zecov) Marko Gajski and Drazen Matkovic (photo by Spori Zecov) Marko Gajski, a computer science graduate, appeared at Masterchef in 2011 and since then has been developing his style of imaginative creations of traditional and international dishes, with the basic premise: he uses various processing techniques to make full use of food and get the most out of taste. In addition to the magnificent symphony of flavors and aromas, his plates are adorned with Instagram appeal, so he says that guests sometimes forget to eat the dish served, especially his version of Komiža bread. Restaurant LD within the boutique hotel Lesic Dimitri Palace for several years now it has been an unavoidable stop for any hedonist who sticks to himself. Investment banker Michael Unsworth who fell in love with Croatia more than twenty years ago, the owner and originator of the idea of ​​Korcula becoming a hedonistic brand on the tourist map of the world patiently built a vacation spot in top, uniquely decorated apartments, and then added the enjoyment of food and wines take care of two Korčula Slavonians: Head Marko Gajski i sommelier Dražen Matković. He tries to use fresh and home-made ingredients that are not always easy to find, so he honestly answers that he is sometimes forced to look for the best that can be found anywhere in the world at that moment. He enjoys preparing seafood specialties, but his love is still related to Slavonia and he considers the black Slavonian pig (fajferica) a food that is a treat for every chef because the possibilities of use and processing techniques are incredible. Like Marko, Vjeko has established his own network of suppliers of fish and organic food on Murter and Kornati, where everyone knows him, and often with his friend and chef of the Opat restaurant on Kornati, Ante Božikov, he cooks together to bring guests closer to traditional Murter and Kurnat recipes. . The basic prerequisites for membership for restaurants and chefs are high professional standards and creative cuisine, so it is not surprising that the list includes Korcula’s fine dining restaurant Lesic Dimitri and chef Marko Gajski, and Murter tavern Bob in which the chef Vjeko Basic. True food lovers from whom they make top gourmet delights have rightly found themselves on this prestigious list, and their magical world of gastronomy is an experience that will not be forgotten and will be retold for a long time… Along with JRE, Dimitri Lešić Palace has been a member of a renowned association since 2013 Relais & Chateaux which under the motto All around the world, unique in the world has been awarding the most prestigious family hotels, their restaurants and chefs for more than 60 years, and has been on the Michelin list of recommendations since last year. List of listed restaurants JRE Croatia (in alphabetical order): Vjeko Basic, chef (photo by Facebook @konobabobamurter) Vjeko Bašić: Blacksmith’s Carpaccio (photo by Facebook @konobabobamurter) The changes of the seasons are clearly visible on Bob’s table, not only on land but also under the sea. Monkfish is Vjek’s favorite, whether on broth, in white wine or shrimp and truffle sauce surrounded by homemade polenta with capers and sun-dried tomatoes. But when it’s the season, grilled cuttlefish or squid polenta in Bobi is a great recommendation – because Vjeko doesn’t complicate things in the kitchen and sticks to that rule even when preparing carpaccio or sushi, using modern culinary techniques with a refined feel for presenting dishes. Vjeko Basic was declared chef in 2018 in the selection of the prestigious Gault & Millau guide, and the Bob tavern is not only on their list of recommendations but also on Michelin’s list of restaurants that should not be missed. Young restaurateurs from Europe, an association of the most creative chefs and gastronomically ambitious restaurants from 15 European countries and Australia at the beginning of this year got two new members from Croatia, so now JRE Croatia has 15 members (more than 360 in total)! Viška pogača Marko Gajski (photo by Spori Zecov) In addition to all the tasks related to the functioning of the kitchen, Marko set himself the task of building a network of local suppliers who are able to monitor restaurants and supply them with local ingredients: he already has a supply of high quality oils, yeasts, flour, jams and all other things that can marinate over the winter. or pickle, it is agreed to plant vegetables and fruits on the island and cooperate with local fishermen. Badi – Umag Boba – Murter Boškinac – Pag Draga di Lovrana – LovranDubravkin put – ZagrebFoša – Zadar Lesic Dimitri – Korcula Marina – NovigradMonte – RovinjPilgrims – Šibenik Pergola – Savudrija Blue Cellar – Volosko San Rocco – Brtonigla Villa Ariston – OpatijaZigante – Meadowslast_img read more

Weekly Update: Combatting the Opioid Crisis, Creating Jobs, and Promoting Skills Training

first_imgWeekly Update: Combatting the Opioid Crisis, Creating Jobs, and Promoting Skills Training .@MeekMill‘s case has brought hundreds of thousands to call for change in PA. We need to make our system more fair, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation. I again call on the PA legislature to pass reforms to our criminal justice system. More: https://t.co/hgbFL5aVyU https://t.co/tee4bd2Vzo— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 24, 2018 The Blog,  Weekly Update,  Workforce Development Gun SafetyLast Monday, Governor Wolf joined Acting State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick to urge passage of commonsense gun safety legislation, including background checks on all gun purchases in Pennsylvania.“I am calling on the legislature to take up additional commonsense gun reform bills that will help us close dangerous loopholes and keep weapons out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to Pennsylvania’s citizens,” said Governor Wolf.In addition to universal background checks by State Police, the governor urged the House to pass Senate Bill 501, which would prevent domestic abusers with protection from abuse orders against them from owning or possessing guns.Jobs that PayOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced that IRIS USA will create 95 new jobs in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. He also announced on Tuesday that USSC Group will create more than 240 new jobs in Chester County. Announcing these jobs builds on the governor’s Jobs that Pay initiative, which has made significant investments in 21st century manufacturing and strengthening the middle class.Opioid CrisisOn Thursday, Governor Wolf announced new executive action to continue addressing the opioid crisis and the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription opioids within the Workers’ Compensation system. For a full list of these actions, click here. Earlier that day he announced that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Protection’s PA Get Help Now helpline fielded 1,700 more calls in the first quarter of 2018 than the final quarter of 2017. This increase in calls resulted in 846 more people in the first quarter of 2018 getting directly connected to treatment that can lead toward recovery.Governor Wolf was also able to announce on Wednesday that Pennsylvania received $26.5 million in federal funding to continue our fight against the opioid crisis.“The opioid and heroin crisis has hit Pennsylvania hard and this crisis doesn’t discriminate – it hits every age group, every creed, color, and income level,” Governor Wolf said. “Leftover opioids can be sold or misused by family members, leading to even more people affected by their presence. That’s why I strongly encourage all Pennsylvanians to look through your medicine cabinets and take the proactive step to keep your homes and your loved ones safe.”Fighting the opioid crisis remains one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities, and the steps taken this week will build on his initiatives. Learn more about Governor Wolf’s action plan to combat the opioid epidemic and use the administration’s guide to learn how to treat and prevent opioid addiction.PAsmartOn Friday, Governor Wolf toured Monroe Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) to announce a $510,000 grant, and discuss his first-of-its-kind PAsmart proposal, which will invest in a highly skilled workforce for the 21st century economy. As part of the governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal, PAsmart would invest $50 million to help workers get the skills and education for jobs in growing industries. More information on the PAsmart program is available here.Governor Wolf’s Week, April 22–28, 2018Monday, 4/23/18First Lady Frances Wolf Unveils Governor’s Residence Rain Garden During Annual Earth Day CelebrationGovernor Wolf Urges Commonsense Gun Safety, Background Checks on All Gun PurchasesWolf Administration Previews 2018 Northeastern Region Construction Season, Highlights Recycled Asphalt Paving ProgramTuesday, 4/24/18Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of USSC Group, Creation of More Than 240 Manufacturing Jobs in Chester CountyWolf Administration Previews 2018 Indiana-based Region Construction Season, Highlights ProjectsWednesday, 4/25/18Governor Wolf Announces IRIS USA Expanding into Pennsylvania and Creating 95 New Jobs in Luzerne CountyGovernor Wolf Announces Second $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Continue Fight Against Opioid and Heroin CrisisGovernor Wolf Applauds Senate for Unanimous Passage of Justice Reinvestment Initiatives LegislationThursday, 4/26/18Governor Wolf, PHRC and Governor’s Advisory Commission on African-American Affairs Issue Statement Condemning Racial Discrimination in Places of Public AccommodationGovernor Wolf Announces Increased Use of Treatment Helpline in First Quarter 2018Governor Wolf Takes Executive Action to Curb Overprescribing of Opioids in Workers’ CompensationGovernor Wolf Applauds Victims, District Attorney on Conviction of Bill CosbyFriday, 4/27/18Governor Wolf Highlights PAsmart Workforce Proposal at Monroe Career and Technical InstituteGovernor Wolf: Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back DayGovernor Wolf: Medicaid Expansion Has Helped Local Economies, HospitalsHighlights from TwitterI’m calling on the legislature to close loopholes in Pennsylvania gun law that allow the private sale of long guns like an AR-15 without a background check. Universal background checks are one of the best ways we can keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. pic.twitter.com/pLlvF9j4aT— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 27, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 30, 2018last_img read more

Kompany excited by Lukaku challenge

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany is relishing the prospect of locking horns with his compatriot Romelu Lukaku when the Blues host West Brom on Tuesday night. “We are very lucky with him, being a very young striker, and Christian Benteke (Aston Villa’s Belgium frontman, who was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award). “We have two unbelievable talents coming through. I am looking forward to playing against him. He will be a world beater in England very soon.” It remains to be seen whether or not Kompany does line up against Lukaku in the game given City boss Roberto Mancini may opt to shuffle his pack with one eye on the FA Cup final against Wigan which comes four days later. The defender is keeping an open mind on the matter, but with City keen to cement second place in the table he is sure Mancini will select a “strong” team to face West Brom. Asked if he expected to play against Albion, Kompany said: “I don’t know, but the manager has got loads of options and I am sure that whatever side he puts out will be a strong side. “It’s a game that we have to win. There is no other way to think about this game. Until we are safe for that Champions League spot we have to play the games like every other game. “It (Saturday) is a big, big day for the club – it’s massive and everyone realises that. But it would be nice to win the game against West Brom. That would set us up really nicely to focus on the final.” Striker Lukaku has been in fine form following his season-long loan move from Chelsea to Albion last summer, netting 14 goals for the Baggies and earning a place on the PFA Young Player of the Year award shortlist. Centre-back Kompany has described the 19-year-old as an “unbelievable talent” and feels fortunate to be able to play alongside him for Belgium – but is also looking forward to the challenge he could be set of trying to contain him in Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League contest. “Romelu is probably one of the biggest talents in Europe at the moment,” Kompany said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more