Vermont Business Roundtable names new board members

first_imgTim 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.last_img read more

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Smithtown was arrested Wednesday for allegedly covering up that a paving project he ordered had violated New York State regulations, authorities said.Glenn Jorgensen pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to felony charges of tampering with public records, falsisying business records and offering a false instrument for filing as well as a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.Prosecutors said the 63-year-old St. James man allegedly ordered road construction reports be altered to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures in November, then directed a highway foreman to alter the records to misrepresent the weather conditions during the repaving work. The contractor was identified as Selden-based Suffolk Asphalt Corporation.“State Department of Transportation construction standards dictate asphalt must not be applied to a road surface in freezing temperatures, and in fact, the town’s own engineer has said repaving in freezing weather would result in the asphalt falling apart,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.  “The repaving of a residential street doesn’t happen that often and when it does, residents are paying for a job done correctly, not a faulty repaving that will soon need pothole repair work.”Jorgensen allegedly stole the work order for the improper repaving and took the official documents home, where investigators found the records in his bedroom, under his bed, in his house on Hope Place, authorities said.Jorgensen’s Hauppauge-based attorney, Anthony La Pinta, maintained his client’s innocence.Jorgensen, who worked for the Smithtown highway department for 37 years, was elected in 2009 to lead a staff of 140 employees tasked with snow removal as well as paving, drainage and other maintenance of more than 450 miles of roads and curbs in the town. The department has a $30 million annual budget. He was re-elected two years ago.last_img read more

Sunman man sentenced after fatal accident

first_imgHAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio — A Sunman resident has been sentenced after pleading guilty in Ohio after hitting and killing a motorcyclist on Interstate 74 last October.Brandon Bernhardt, 21, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and will serve eight years in prison.James Lamb, the motorcyclist, was dragged almost a mile by Bernhardt’s truck.last_img

DeRozan missed in USC locker room

first_imgIt was the beginning of another long practice in the middle of the 2008-2009 college basketball season. The Trojans trudged into the locker room and grudgingly changed into their uniforms.Out of nowhere, then-freshman forward DeMar DeRozan barged into the room, screaming and yelling at the top of his lungs. He picked up and threw anything he could get his hands on.The next level · Former Trojan DeMar DeRozan, pictured playing against UCLA last year, always knew how to keep the mood light in the USC locker room. DeRozan is now a rookie on the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanHis bewildered teammates looked at each other, trying to figure out why DeRozan was so angry.“Then, all of the sudden he started dancing around. It was one big joke, and he was just playing with us,” senior guard Dwight Lewis said. “[DeMar] is really goofy. He was one of the goofiest dudes on the team last year.”Whether by breaking into song and dance or attempting to shoot the basketball backward across the court to impress his teammates, DeRozan knew how to keep the mood light and prevent daily practices from becoming monotonous.“It is real important to get that bond with your teammates, and to let them see that you have a sense of humor,” DeRozan, now a player for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, said before a recent game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “You have to have fun every now and then.”At USC, DeRozan said he had the time of his life. After growing up on the streets of Compton, DeRozan roomed with teammate and popular hip-hop artist Percy “Romeo” Miller Jr. in Troy Hall. Miller and DeRozan grew up playing together on traveling basketball teams, and Miller refers to DeRozan as his “best friend” who is “like a brother.”“We have a lot of stories,” Miller said. “[DeRozan] is kind of shy around girls. You wouldn’t think that a top NBA player would be shy around girls, but he is. Me being Romeo, it came naturally, but he was shy. That is why he is such an amazing player. He put basketball first.”DeRozan would not argue against Miller’s claim.“[Of course Miller] should be better [with women],” DeRozan said. “He was a number one recording rapper at one point. But I think I got around so I am not worried about it.”On the court, DeRozan averaged 13.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman. He helped the Trojans win the Pac-10 Tournament, and was named the Pac-10 Tournament MVP.DeRozan’s success convinced scouts that he was ready for the NBA. DeRozan, however, was torn between returning to USC to avenge the team’s second-round loss in the NCAA tournament, and going to the NBA.“It was stressful,” DeRozan said. “I talked to everybody. I got everybody’s input. I don’t know everything, so I just try to learn from people.”However, Miller convinced DeRozan that he needed to think for himself.“I told him, ‘That is a decision you have to make on your own. You have to go with your heart,’” Miller said. “It is like getting married. I am not going to tell him if it is the right wife or not. He had to make his decision.”With his mother, Diane DeRozan, who has lupus, DeRozan ultimately decided that his family needed the money that the NBA was offering.“DeMar told me, ‘You guys can sit down and take it easy. I can take care of you guys because you did so much for me growing up,’” DeMar’s father, Frank DeRozan, said.The Toronto Raptors drafted DeRozan with the ninth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and signed him to a multimillion-dollar contract. One of the first things that DeRozan purchased were fancier clothes to comply with the NBA dress code, after never having owned a suit in college, and warmer clothes to help him survive Toronto winters.Through Wednesday, DeRozan was averaging 6.1 points per game with the Raptors. He has played well enough to earn a position in the starting lineup, averaging 17.6 minutes per game.“We are trying to keep his minutes up, and he has certainly done nothing to have those minutes be cut,” Raptors coach Jay Triano said. “DeMar works hard everyday, he is an excellent student of the game, he wants to learn and get better, and he has an excellent attitude.”Added the Raptors’ All-Star forward, Chris Bosh, “DeMar brings athleticism, both on the defensive and offensive ends. He has shown that he can really attack the basket and score in the half-court. That was a big thing we were lacking before.”DeRozan is also a contributor off the court, keeping his teammates in Toronto entertained, often through rookie hazing.“DeMar brings a lot to this team,” said Raptors’ forward Hedo Turkoglu. “He brings doughnuts, coffee, newspapers and towels to the games before we get into the showers.”In the NBA, DeRozan may be perceived as nothing more than a lowly rookie, but with the start of the college basketball season arriving, the Trojans are missing his presence.“If [DeRozan] was still here, we would have a number one team,” Miller said. “We still have a great bunch of guys here, but if you can have the addition of an NBA player, it always helps.”Miller is not alone in thinking the Trojans would be a top team if DeRozan played his sophomore season at USC.“I believe that,” DeRozan said. “A lot of things would have been different, but we will never know now.”last_img read more