Tim Mueller, outgoing Chairman of the Vermont BusinessRoundtable and President of Okemo Mountain Resort, announced the electionof the new slate of officers and board members for the coming year at theorganization’s 17th Annual Membership Meeting held at Stoweflake Resort &Conference Center on December 2nd.The Roundtable’s Officers for 2005 are: Chairman: Staige Davis,President, Lang Associates; Vice-Chairman: Timothy R. Volk, President,Kelliher Samets Volk; Secretary: Daria V. Mason, President and CEO,Central Vermont Medical Center; and Treasurer: Douglas J. Wacek,President and CEO, Union Mutual of Vermont Companies.Newly elected Chairman, Staige Davis acknowledged the hard work of theRoundtable’s members during the past year in areas related to health carereform, growth center planning, improved educational outcomes, andworkforce training. Said Davis, “The Roundtable has provided importantleadership in catalyzing stakeholders around these issues and we expectthat our activity will become increasingly important over the comingyear.”The Roundtable’s Board of Directors for 2005 include: George B. Chandler,President and CEO, Hubbardton Forge; James L. Daily, President, PorterMedical Center, Inc.; Christopher L. Dutton, President and CEO, GreenMountain Power Corporation; Carolyn Edwards, President and CEO,Competitive Computing; Thomas W. Huebner, President, Rutland RegionalMedical Center; Spencer R. Knapp, Managing Partner, Dinse, Knapp &McAndrew, P.C.; John H. Marshall, Managing Partner, Downs Rachlin MartinPLLC; William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO, Blue Cross and BlueShield of Vermont; Chris A. Robbins, Executive Vice President,EHV-Weidmann Industries, Inc.; Lawrence E. Sudbay, President and CEO,SymQuest Group, Inc.; William H. Truex, Jr., CEO, Truex Cullins & PartnersArchitects; Marc A. vanderHeyden, President, Saint Michael’s College; andHarvey M. Yorke, President and CEO, Southwestern Vermont Health Care.The following CEOs have joined the Roundtable membership during 2004:Jeffrey P. Johnson, President, Primmer & Piper, P.C.; Neil J. Joseph,President, Sonnax Industries, Inc.; Mary E. McLaughlin, Area VicePresident VT/NH, Adelphia; Trey C. Pecor, President, Lake ChamplainTransportation; and G. Kenneth Perine, President, National Bank ofMiddlebury.Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the VermontBusiness Roundtable is comprised of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private andnonprofit employers dedicated to making Vermont the best place in Americato do business, be educated, and live life through collaboration, researchand analysis, and communication and advocacy. Member businesses employover 47,000 employees and are represented in virtually every county acrossVermont.
Image source: USACEThe Dredge Ellis Island, which is the largest hopper dredger in the U.S., is currently removing limestone from the entrance channel of the Charleston Harbor, as part of the Post 45 Deepening project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, has just released this amazing photo of a skimmer on the dredger, removing water from the sediment and leaving behind large pieces of limestone, which will be placed to grow another mitigation reef.The Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project looks to address transportation inefficiencies by deepening and widening Charleston Harbor to allow for growth in the shipping industry with the influx of Post-Panamax ships calling on port in the Lowcountry.The Charleston District has been working with the project’s non-federal sponsor, the South Carolina Ports Authority, since 2010 to complete studies and move the project toward a 52 foot deep federal channel.This project is one of the first seven that Obama’s Administration expedited under its “We Can’t Wait” initiative for critical infrastructure projects.
David Wahl, formerly of Arlington, Virginia, died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, at the age of 73.David was born the son of Jacob and Olga (Rosenau) Wahl on Sunday, May 03, 1942 in Harvey, North Dakota. His parents precede him in death.On May 29, 1964, David and Christine E. Withrow were united in marriage in Los Angeles, Calif.Â Survivors include his wife, Christine Wahl of Wichita; brother, Bruce Wahl and his wife Betty of Harvey, North Dakota; sister, Joyce Snyder of Leesburg, Florida and large extended family. Â No services are planned.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.
The gates locked to keep the media outBy: Andrew CarmichaelA fight at the National Psychiatric Hospital in Berbice on Monday has left one man dead and another facing a murder charge. The dead man has been identified as 28-year-old Stephon Francis of Kitty, Georgetown.Based on information received, the fight reportedly took place shortly before midnight on Sunday after the suspect and other inmates attempted to take away some items belonging to the now dead man.Francis reportedly celebrated his birthday on Sunday and his mother travelled to Berbice to take snacks and other eatables. However, it was while protecting his belongings that he fell and hit his head.He was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stevens confirmed that there was a fight during which Francis fell and hit his head.“We at Regional regret this incident very much and we will work close with the police and other staff to find out why an incident of this nature did occur and to ensure that this is a one-time thing and does not happen again,” the Director said.He noted that Francis was a substance abuse patient and not a patient who has mental health issues.“It is unfortunate that these cases are sent to us on a regular basis. Forty per cent of our patients are substance abuse patients and another high percentage of them are persons coming through the court system and have remand dates but we have to take care of them because the Court Order states that they must be sent to the National Psychiatric Hospital. All together it poses a challenge to our healthcare service. In most cases, we find that these persons who come through the court system and the substance abusers have a tendency of becoming violent,” Stephens added. However, he could not say whether Francis was a violent patient.The Health Service Director noted that many of the patients that come through the court system would form themselves into gangs thus resulting in many fights.“I think this aided in what happened last evening. We do regret what happened and we are awaiting on the police to give us a thorough report.”Meanwhile, Administrator of the National Psychiatric Hospital Luann Sulker instructed the guards on duty to ask the media to leave the compound after which the gates were locked.Addressing the matter, the Health Services Director admitted that the National Psychiatric Hospital is a public facility and the media should not have been locked out.“I want to apologise to the members of the media. All our services are public services and we are opened to the media at any time. I personally have an open-door policy when it comes to the media and I will ensure that my staff and even the guard company is reminded of that.”Meanwhile, the suspect was taken into custody as Police continue to investigate. The suspect is also said to be a substance abuse patient and was taken to the institution about a week ago.Information coming out of the National Psychiatric Hospital indicate that it was not the first time that Francis or the suspect were involved in fights at the institution. Several reports were lodged at the New Amsterdam Police Station pertaining to fights involving the now dead man and the suspect.Chalet Four at the National Psychiatric Hospital where the incident occurredDead: Stephon Francis