Champlain Valley Exposition names Tim Shea executive director

first_imgChamplain Valley Exposition,The Board of Directors of the Champlain Valley Exposition, Inc. today named Tim Shea of Williston as the organization’s new Executive Director. Shea will assume his new position in February 2012. In making the announcement, Matthew Stevens, President of the CVE Board, noted that Shea will have the benefit of working with longtime General Manager David Grimm for approximately eight months. Grimm announced in March 2011 that he would step down as General Manager following the Champlain Valley Fair in September 2012, concluding a 23-year career at CVE.  Shea, who was chosen after a national search, currently serves as Vice President and Congressional Liaison for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce inBurlington. Shea has been with the Chamber since 1994, holding a number of different titles during his employment, thus bringing a wealth of experience and community knowledge to the Exposition, according to Stevens. In addition, Shea has served the State of Vermont on many Commissions and Committees, while serving his community on the Burlington Electric Commission, Burlington Legacy Project, and the United Way of Chittenden County. He is Past President of the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Shea and his wife, Amy, live in Williston with their three children.  Stevens expressed the Board’s strong support for Shea. ‘The Champlain Valley Exposition has a unique history of serving the various constituencies of our community and state, and it takes a special person to build upon past success while moving us into the next generation. Tim is a talented, intelligent executive with a special feel for the needs of the many audiences that visit CVE,’ Stevens said. ‘We’re excited to work with him to strengthen and expand CVE’s connection to Chittenden Countyand beyond.’ In his new role, Shea will direct the Exposition’s fulfillment of its mission ‘to serve the people of Vermont and the region through agriculture, education, arts & culture, entertainment, and commerce.’ Celebrating its 90th Birthday in 2012, CVE is the largest event center in Vermont, hosting more than 110 events annually, including the Champlain Valley Fair. The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre has made CVE a year-round venue for numerous large and small shows, events and conferences. Among the new events at the Exposition for 2012 will be the Vermont Farm Show Jan. 24-26. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Exposition relies on a variety of revenue sources to fulfill its mission, including private and foundation support. For more information about the Champlain Valley Exposition, visit www.cvexpo.org(link is external). Essex Junction, VT ‘ December 16, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Pellegrini has his opinion on style

first_img It was an impressive end to a run of four straight league defeats on the road and a timely response to the celebrations across London, where hours earlier Chelsea rubber-stamped the title with victory against Crystal Palace. Pellegrini noticeably did not congratulate Mourinho’s side after overcoming Spurs, instead making a point of focusing on the importance of style. “I am very happy because I think that we played well against a difficult team,” the City boss said. “(Tottenham is) a team that plays very attractive football, that beat Chelsea. “Champion this year with the best defence, but Chelsea concede five goals here. “I congratulate Mauricio Pochettino and his players because they play attractive football. We also do it. “It was an amusing game and I think the fans really enjoyed it.” Pellegrini enjoyed the “beautiful, close, difficult game” at White Hart Lane and repeatedly spoke about attractive football in the post-match press conference. “I am not thinking about the gap,” he said. “I think Chelsea did this year exactly what we did last year – they won the Premier League and they won the Capital One Cup These have been a difficult few months at the Etihad Stadium, having rapidly gone from title challengers to facing the prospect of missing out on Champions League football. That embarrassment has almost certainly been averted after they racked up a third straight win, with Sergio Aguero’s strike enough secure a 1-0 victory at Tottenham. Chelsea may have dethroned Manchester City as Premier League champions, but that did not stop Manuel Pellegrini from having a dig at the manner in which Jose Mourinho’s side did it. “We did exactly the same last year, scoring more goals in another style. “I think every year in the Premier League you have five important teams and all of them can win the title.” Asked if it was important that teams competing for the championships play attractive football, Pellegrini said: “I think it is important for the Premier League and it is important for the fans to play attractive football. That’s why I just said that we won playing another style. “We did exactly the same that Chelsea did this year, but we scored last year 158 goals and in this whole season 101 in the Premier League, 27 in the Capital One Cup. “This team continues as the most scoring team. That side is important, to continue winning in that sense.” City would not have been celebrating an eighth win in nine Premier League matches against Tottenham were it not for some poor finishing and a man-of-the-match display from Joe Hart. The defeat almost certainly extinguishes Spurs’ hopes of Champions League qualification and left head coach Mauricio Pochettino frustrated. “I’m feeling very disappointed with the result but at the same time I was happy with the performance because it was very good,” he said. “We deserved more this afternoon. I think that we managed the game, the tempo and we created more chances than Manchester City but we didn’t score. In football, if we don’t score, it is difficult to win the game. “I think that today Aguero was very effective. He created two or three chances and scored one. “He is one of the best players in the world – I think I repeat this every time that we play against him but it is true. “But it is true in the first half I think we deserved more. We created a lot of chances, the second half too. “Manchester City I think not only had Aguero but Joe Hart, who was man of the match. I think he saved the result and had a brilliant performance.” Press Associationlast_img read more

A Mikado man dies in roll over crash

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis ALPENA, Mich. —- Alcona County deputies responded to call just before 1 am yesterday morning. A roll over crash in Mikado Township left one man dead. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Dale Alan Dykes.The 41 year old man was traveling on F–41 North of Kings Corner Road in Alcona County. Dykes was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is still under investigated.Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors to the fatal crash.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Art Vision Alpena bringing new sculptures to the Alpena Bi-Path TrailNext A fugitive to be extradited back to Alcona Countylast_img read more

Alexander: Is Pat Riley in the Lakers’ future? Should he be?

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers• A week ago, shortly after Johnson quit, the 74-year-old Riley, president of the Miami Heat for the last 23 years, was asked about it and shot the possibility down.“No doubt, I have a history with that team,” he told reporters in Miami. “I was there 20 years, and I have a lot of friends still in the organization. I had a good conversation with Magic after he stepped down, and I’m sure they’re gonna work it out. But I’m not gonna be a part of that. That’s not what I want to do.”But Stephen A. Smith tossed it back out there Friday morning, and it again had the fan base buzzing. And it would be so Lakers: Bring in a big name, and bring in someone with Lakers ties.• The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the Lakers are the NBA’s version of the Raiders. Long after the run of championships has ended, there persists an organizational attitude that stunts growth and impedes progress: “The same old ways worked just fine then, they should work now, and anyway, we’re the Lakers (or Raiders) and you’re not.” The row of Larry O’Brien Trophies in the window overlooking the practice courts is not indicative of future success. A superstar hire, or a superstar signing, might get the fan base energized but does not by itself counterbalance a sharp, savvy collection of basketball minds … like the one the other NBA team in town has assembled. • And for those Lakers fans who hope against hope that Jerry West would bolt his consultant’s role with the Clippers and return to their team? Don’t hold your breath. You might turn purple.• We look at fan interest in L.A. now and we assume that it will always be thus, Lakers No. 1 in the hearts and minds of Angelenos, Clippers a distant No. 2.Do not assume.Keep this in mind: There are a lot of 7- and 8-year-old kids in L.A. who have never seen a Lakers championship, and who might be starting to get interested in sports and basketball and the NBA in a landscape where the Clippers are the superior team. Habits formed now tend to last.Consider the Clippers’ youth initiatives: A growing Jr. Clippers program, and the organization’s ambition of refurbishing indoor and outdoor basketball courts throughout L.A. Add the potential of their own arena and the ability to forge their own distinct identity, and an organization not wed to the past, the way the Lakers seem to be.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years This is a long play for the Clippers, and when all those kids grow up it’s going to be a far fairer fight. (Until then, just imagine dinner table conversations in those households where the parents are Lakers fans and the kids adopt the Clippers.)• There is, by the way, another pecking order that we just assume will continue: Dodgers No. 1, Angels No. 2. And yet we are into the sixth season in which a good chunk of Southern California can’t watch Dodgers games on TV regularly, thanks to the spat between Spectrum, which owns the exclusive rights, and DirecTV, Dish and the non-Spectrum cable services that decline to pay what Spectrum is asking per subscriber.Again, if you’re a kid growing up in SoCal and you can see Mike Trout on TV every night and Cody Bellinger hardly at all until the postseason, who might you pay more attention to?• Of course, this assumes that regional sports networks remain our main vehicle for following our teams. Again, don’t assume. The smart people in various teams and leagues are already paying attention to streaming, pay-per-view, and presumably technologies that we probably can’t even imagine yet.The Dodgers’ $8.35 billion contract with Spectrum runs through 2038. How do you think we’ll be consuming our games by then?jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img The world according to Jim:• At the moment, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka appears to be permanently ensconced at the top of the team’s basketball operations organizational chart. He seems to have Jeanie Buss’ ear, and her trust – or at least they both have Kobe Bryant in common – and he’s the one handling the search for a new coach.But this is basketball’s preeminent reality show, with apologies to LaVar Ball. Last week’s episode? Earvin Johnson’s stunning and sudden departure as the overall basketball boss (reportedly, just before he was ready to fire Pelinka). This week’s storyline: Pat Riley as Magic’s replacement?ESPN, also known as the Worldwide Leader in Speculation And Filling Dead Air, dropped that one back into the hopper Friday. It would be intriguing, and it checks two boxes with Riles’ history with both the Lakers and with LeBron James. But is it feasible? And would it work? Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more