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Roger Allbee appointed to Union Institute Board of Trustees

first_imgUnion Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university based in Montpelier, has announced the appointment of Roger Allbee to its Board of Trustees. Allbee is a leader in the advancement of agriculture in the United States and former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. ‘Roger Allbee’s knowledge, experience, expertise, and lifelong commitment to Vermont will help Union make a lasting, positive impact on higher education initiatives in Vermont and beyond,’ said Roger H. Sublett, president of Union Institute & University. ‘We are honored that he has chosen to serve on Union’s Board of Trustees.’ Allbee was appointed secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets in January 2007 by former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. As secretary, Allbee administered one of the most diverse and publically watched agencies in Vermont, overseeing all facets of the state’s agriculture including animal health and welfare, agricultural development, water quality and nutrient management, international trade and trade policy, and food safety.  Before serving as secretary, Allbee was the executive director for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Services Agency for the State of Vermont. In this role, he was responsible for the execution of farm loan and farm program delivery to Vermont farmers and managed several offices throughout the state of Vermont. During his tenure as executive director, the Vermont FSA loan team received an USDA FSA Administrator’s Award. In addition to Allbee’s roles with the state of Vermont and the USDA, he also served as a senior international business consultant on agricultural trade policy and as a professional staff member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. He has also served as vice president of the former Farm Credit Banks of Springfield, Mass., and as an extension specialist at Cornell University.Allbee’s earned his B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Vermont, and a master’s in agricultural economics from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed the Cornell University Agricultural Executives Program, and the Harvard Business School Agribusiness seminars. He served in Special Weapons of the U.S. Army with a rank of captain, and has received numerous awards including the Honor Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America.Union Institute & University is a private, accredited university that has, since 1964, redefined higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education. Union serves more than 2000, self-motivated, socially conscious adults in rigorous faculty- mentored programs without interrupting professional, family, and community commitments. UI&U offers individualized programs of study leading to the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition to its distance learning programs, academic centers are located in Cincinnati (OH), Los Angeles and Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), and in Montpelier and Brattleboro (VT).www.myunion.edu(link is external) / Union Institute & University/ 62 Ridge St., Suite 2/ Montpelierlast_img read more

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Crews battle morning fire in frigid temperatures in Dryden

first_imgFreeville FireMcClean FireEtna FireVarna FireGroton FireLansing FireCayuga Heights FireHarford FireSlaterville FireTompkins County Department of Emergency ResponseNYS Department of TransportationTown of Dryden Highway DepartmentTompkins County Sheriff’s OfficeNYSEGTown of Dryden Code DepartmentNYS DECBrecht’s Towing The cause of the fire is under investigation. PHOTO SOURCE: Dryden Fire Department In a Facebook post, Dryden Fire Chief Mike Hall says crews were dispatched to the scene around 3:27 a.m. The structure was “heavily involved” in the fire by the time Dryden fire officials arrived on scene just 12 minutes later, he says. No injuries were reported and all people inside the apartment were evacuated, he says. The fire was under control by 5:20 a.m. and the building is a total loss. Hall says the frigid temperatures and lack of water supplies hindered crews’ ability to battle to blaze. He says a water shuttle was used to bring in water from three miles away.center_img DRYDEN, N.Y. (WBNG) — Multiple fire departments responded to an repair shop and apartment fire on Dryden Road in the town of Dryden early Wednesday morning. The Cortlandville and Virgil fire departments provided coverage for the other departments as they fought the fire on Dryden Road. The fire was upgraded to a second alarm fire. The following departments responded to the fire:last_img read more

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Mayoral Candidates Square off In Three Two River Towns

first_imgBy John BurtonWith Election Day less than a week away, mayoral races are heating up in several two river towns.Sea Bright, Atlantic Highlands, and Little Silver all have contested elections for their four-year mayoral terms. Rumson, too, will be electing a mayor, but with incumbent Republican John Ekdahl running unopposed.Earlier this year, veteran Little Silver Mayor Suzanne Castleman, a Republican, announced her decision not to seek another term.After Castleman’s death on July 29, the county Republican committee and the majority of the borough council named GOP Councilman Robert Neff Jr. as interim mayor, to fill the unexpired term. Neff won his second term on the borough council last November and is now running as the GOP candidate for election to a full term as mayor.Also running for the seat is Daniel Levine, an Independent and the current council president, who is completing the third year of his first borough council term.Neff, 49, Winding Way South, is a lawyer who has lived in the borough for 17 years. He said this week he was seeking the mayor’s post because of his public service experience as a member of on the borough council. “It’s something that gave me an awful lot of satisfaction,” he said.The mayor, as he sees it, is to be the municipality’s chief executive. “Your job is to set the agenda,” he explained, and communicate with department heads and with the public. And in an age of shared services and state mandates concerning budgetary constraints, Neff said an important aspect of the office involves interacting with other local, county and state officials. “As mayor you have to increasingly look beyond your borders,” he explained.As for the challenges, the major one is, “It’s that constant battle between rising costs and decreasing revenues and mandates from Trenton,” he said.Levine, 72, Westwood Court, has lived in Little Silver for 42 years, and for 33 of them he has owned and operated Little Silver Community Hardware, Church Street. And as the borough council’s only Independent member “I’m not aligned with anybody’s thought process or agenda.” And that would serve him well as mayor, he explained. “Maybe a new approach needs to be thought of,” he said.“A mayor should be out front, accessible, be involved in as many areas as possible,” Levine said. “And to make things happen.”Living and working in the community, “I’m willing to have that time,” he said. “You have to have an open dialogue all the time.”The latest dialogue between the two candidates has resulted in a little dust-up in the closing days of the campaign. Neff had responded to a flier distributed by Levine, listing his accomplishments.In Levine’s literature, he states he was “instrumental” on a variety of fronts including working with county officials for a new bulkhead at a local bridge. Neff, apparently took exception to the Levine’s characterization of his role in the efforts. And in response this week, Neff said, “If you’re just going to talk about what you do, you need to be very careful about taking credit for things that a lot of people have had input in,” he said.Levine this week countered that he was indeed involved in the list of activities and accomplishments he noted. “There is no question about it,” he said, but acknowledging he could have used other adjectives other than “instrumental” but thought it was appropriate.In Atlantic Highlands incumbent Republican Frederick J. Rast III is seeking his second term as mayor. Hoping to unseat him is Democrat Paul Cavise, a local lawyer.Rast, 67, Eighth Avenue, is a licensed private investigator, who also owns several commercial properties in his community. He had served on the borough for three years and then came back to run and win the mayor’s seat four years ago.Rast said he can point to a record of accomplishment during his administration, which includes finally moving forward with the long discussed approximately $5 million borough hall/public library/police headquarters construction; and his and the council’s work on dissolving the Atlantic Highland-Highlands Regional Sewerage Authority, which he has long said would mean savings for taxpayers. “We accomplished a lot in the last four years,” he said, giving acknowledgement that it is in a large part the work of his hardworking borough council (which has four Republicans and two Democrats. “I’m really happy we have a good, cohesive council,” he said.He’s seeking the second term because, “I want to keep the town on track.” By “on track” he meant by “keeping our pencils sharp,” and spending frugally and working to improve the community. His agenda, he said, was “Making government run efficiently and friendly.”“My proudest accomplishment,” he pointed to, “is that I removed all of the political turmoil,” which marked public council meeting in the past,’ he said, with the current council makeup being a civil and well intention group.Cavise, 61, East Washington Avenue, sees the last four years differently.Cavise, who ran unsuccessfully for borough council three years ago, said this week, “This administration lacks vision, completely no imagination. They put their energies in the same old, same old, same old. But they need new, different, better.”He said there are missed opportunities, to utilize the efforts of volunteers to enhance a dreary, and increasingly vacant, business district (Why not paint murals on the sides of buildings? he asked.) and to maximize the municipal harbor in its earning potential. Officials should be looking at ways to make the town a destination, like other communities have, such as Red Bank and Keyport. “That’s basically what I’m trying to do,” he said, “just put Atlantic Highlands on the map.”Sea Bright, the smallest of the towns with a mayoral race in this area, has three candidates seeking an open seat. Incumbent Mayor Maria Fernades, a Democrat, decided not to seek re-election due to health considerations. Incumbent Democratic Borough Council member Dina Long, who has been on the council since 2002, is now the Democratic candidate for mayor.Also seeking the office is Republican Jo-Ann Kalaka-Adams and Independent candidate Christopher Sandel.Long, 42, New Street, is an assistant English professor at Brookdale Community College. When Fernandes made her announcement, it had Long “recognizing I have a good working relationship with all members of council, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and I saw the opportunity to step up and be the person to work well with all to achieve results for Sea Bright,” she said.Long pointed to her experience serving on most of the council’s committees and her time as council president, as examples of her experience to make inroads on long standing issues in the community such as the heavy regional school tax burden, the long debated cell tower, the flooding the town experiences, and she hopes to increase communication between officials and the residents. “I believe I have the best understanding of our local government and our local government’s ability to provide services,” among the candidates, Long said.Sandel, 50, Willow Way, is a financial consultant who has lived in the community full time for seven years (and another seven on a seasonal basis) and is making his first run for elected office as an Independent. And what he lacks in experience, he said, he’ll make up with passion. “I bring give-a-damn,” he said, meaning he would be active and available for residents and businesses. “I’ll be a proactive, communicative mayor and I’ll be very involved,” he said.The issues for him, Sandel said, is addressing the flooding issue and to jumpstart the stalled discussion on redevelopment.Kalaka-Adams, 61, Ocean Avenue, is a medical publisher, who has lived in Sea Bright for more than 30 years. She had served a four-year term as mayor prior to the current administration. “These are challenging times right now,” she said. “And I understand that government must do more with less.”And that would require her experience and her relationship with the Republican county and state representatives, she explained. In addition, Kalaka-Adams noted, “I have started a number of things and I basically wanted to finish them.” And that would include re-examining the beachfront development initiative that had begun during her term as mayor, as well as looking at such issues and establishing a public pool for an additional revenue source; and to address such long standing issues as flooding and school taxes. “And try what we can to get that cell tower here,” she said.last_img read more

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Correction: Community YMCA and Subsidized Passes

first_imgGaupp said new YMCA members interested in the YCares Financial Assistance program will be subject to the application process, but the families of current child membership holders will work with Community YMCA executive director Katie McAdoo on the transition. In a statement issued to The Two River Times Tuesday, TheCommunity YMCA said its goal “is to ensurea smooth transition and retain 100% of families who are currently members ofthe Healthy Kids program, regardless of the ability to pay. We will alsocontinue complimentary membership for active Red Bank Volunteer Firefightersand offer a special rate of 20% off of adult memberships for Red Bank BoroughPolice Officers.” “We have been in touch with families in the program and thoseoutside of it who also need support. We’re not turning anyone away. The missionis to help everybody who needs it,” Gaupp said July 3. Those who wish to participate in the YCares Financial Assistance program will need to fill out an application, and based upon that application financial assistance toward a membership may be provided based on need. The Two River Times interpreted the statement to mean children will continue to be included in the courtesy membership program. But that is incorrect, according to Teicia Gaupp, the organization’s director of marketing and social media, Wednesday. The complimentary membership program for children will cease by the end of summer, she said. The Two River Times apologizes for the error, reported in an article on page 4 of the July 4-10 edition. The biggest difference between the two programs is the subsidizedfunding for memberships.center_img “They wanted to find the most optimum solution. The goal for us is to ensure that we’re giving the most vulnerable in our community the access they need,” Gaupp said. According to Gaupp, the programming and access currently offeredto those students with complimentary memberships will not change once thetransition is made. “It will remain a full child membership,” she said. RED BANK – Though reported by the Two River Times in this week’s edition that The Community YMCA would not be ending their complimentary child membership program for borough students enrolled up to eighth grade, according to an organization representative, the program will come to an end for nearly 220 youths Sept. 1 while the nonprofit works to transition toward its new YCares Financial Assistance initiative. Gaupp said the decision to transition to the YCares Financial Assistance program, but maintain complimentary memberships for active Red Bank volunteer firefighters, while offering a discount to borough police officers, was made after YMCA leadership met earlier this week with Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna and borough administrator Ziad Shehady.last_img read more