Tickets Now Available for Bedbugs!!! Off-Broadway

first_imgCheck your sheets, because Bedbugs!!! is coming off-Broadway. Tickets are now on sale for the sci-fi rock comedy. Performances will begin on September 9 at the ArcLight Theatre, where it will run through October 26. Opening night is set for September 14. Robert Bartley directs and choreographs. The cast includes Chris Hall, Grace McLean, Nicholas Park, Brian Charles Rooney, Danny Bolero, Tracey Conyer Lee, Barry Shafrin, Gretchen Wylder, Courtney Bassett and Colin Scott Cahill. Featuring music by Paul Leschen and a book and lyrics by Fred Sauter, Bedbugs!!! follows Carly, an exterminator, who is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug-related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-size, intelligent, carnal creatures out for blood and world domination. The tuner premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2008. Bedbugs!!! features costumes by Philip Heckman, scenic design by Adam Demerath, lighting design by Kirk Fitzgerald and sound design by Ed Chapman. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 2, 2014 Bedbugs!!!last_img read more

Tom Shampnois Joins Vermont Chamber of Commerce

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Tom Shampnois of Burlington will join the staff as the Director of Advertising Sales and Marketing.Tom is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of diverse experience in the travel and tourism industry. Most recently, Tom was the Group Sales Manager for the Best Western Windjammer Inn in South Burlington, Vermont.Tom will begin his duties with the Vermont Chamber on March 28th.last_img

Vermont Chamber hires Pat Moulton Powden to oversee legislative and regulatory issues

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce has hired Patricia Moulton Powden. Powden, who recently joined the organization as Vice President of Public Affairs, will be responsible for initiatives in both the legislative and regulatory arenas.‘Pat’s experience in unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, environmental permitting, and economic development will be an undisputable asset to our members,’ said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. ‘Her expertise has earned her the respect of many legislators, regardless of party and I am confident that she will elevate the Vermont Chamber’s presence and influence in government and regulatory affairs.’ Prior to joining the Vermont Chamber, Powden served as Commissioner of Labor for four years under Governor Jim Douglas where she was responsible for the implementation of many new workforce development initiatives as well as changes to unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and workplace safety that have benefited Vermont’s business community.   Before becoming Commissioner, she was appointed by Governor Douglas to serve as the full-time Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board which is responsible for administering Vermont’s land use and development law and establishing water policy for the State of Vermont.Pat has led economic development efforts in Springfield, St. Johnsbury, Bennington, Windsor and part of Orange Counties and has spent many years helping numerous companies start-up, expand, and relocate to Vermont.  She has also served as Commissioner of Economic Development for the State of Vermont.‘I am honored to continue serving Vermont’s business community and workforce and I look forward to helping the Vermont Chamber of Commerce advocate for the needs of businesses across the state,’ said Pat Moulton Powden, Vice President of Public Affairs. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 7.27.2010###last_img read more

Vermont Ski Museum inducting Damon, Gray, Klein and von Trapp into Hall of Fame

first_imgThe Vermont Ski Museum is inducting four new members into its Hall of Fame. Larry Damon, Bob Gray, Hilary Engisch Klein and Johannes von Trapp will be inducted at a ceremony in Stowe on October 24.Hall of Fame Induction 2010Tickets are selling QUICK!Please join us for a very special evening as we honor four of Vermont’s most influential skiers: Larry Damon, Bob Gray, Hilary Engisch Klein and Johannes von Trapp.  Sunday, October 24thStowe Mountain LodgeStowe, VT5:00 PMReception, cash bar and silent auction 6:30 PMDinnerInduction Ceremony Presentation of the Paul Robbins Ski Journalism Award to Hank McKeeLive Auction!Big Spruce Chair donated by Stowe Mountain ResortLodging Information: For the best available rate at Stowe Mountain Lodge, please call (800) 829-7629.  The Inn at the Mountain is offering a rate of $85/night.  Please call (800) 253-3654.  The Commodore’s Inn is offering a rate of $88/night.  Please call (800) 44-STOWE (78693).Tickets:VSM members                                          $100/ticketNon members                                           $125/ticketPatron’s table.  Reserved seating for 8       $1000/tableRSVP by October 10th by calling Meredith Scott at (802) 253-9911 ext. 202 or by logging onto is external).last_img read more

Riverhead Robbers Brutally Beat Homeless Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Robbers likely armed with a tree branch beat a homeless man so brutally that the victim suffered a fractured skull and possible internal injuries near downtown Riverhead over the weekend, authorities said.Riverhead Town Police officers responded to a report of a man found bleeding heavily from the head on the side of BP Gas Station on West Main Street shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday, police said.Investigators found that the 33-year-old victim had been attacked on the nearby Long Island Rail Road tracks behind the Long Island Ice and Fuel Plant, where he was robbed of $400 cash, police said.Two or three assailants repeatedly struck him in the head with an unknown object that police suspect might be a tree branch, authorities said.He was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was admitted to the critical care unit for treatment of his injuries.Riverhead town police detectives ask that anyone with information about the case call them at 631-727-4500 ext. 332.last_img read more

Online story telling and the mission of a credit union

first_imgWe are often asked to help new clients craft a thoughtful content strategy that will resonate with Credit Union members and potential new members, and most often there’s one common suggestion… Tell Your CU’s Story!Authentic storytelling is an essential part of connecting emotionally with people online, and for Credit Unions it’s no different. This emotional connection is what will then spur people to action. But your branding and strategy must alighn with your message and it’s all got to be REAL!Your Branding & Your StorySo let’s start with the basics… is your online branding in order and consistent with your story? Graphics must be polished and consistent, with a clear Call-to-Action (CTA). And these visual cues must relate back to your larger mission and the story you are trying to communicate.So, if you decide to highlight real world testimonials for your 3rd Quarter marketing message, make sure that your graphics also highlight those same stories. Find members who are willing to share their experiences with your CU, and then show them at work, home or play, featuring some key words they’ve shared about the benefits they’ve received banking with you.It’s ineffective and unauthentic to hawk a generic car loan promo while also featuring this kind of testimonial messaging. Weave it all in together. It will be more real and less overbearing. Have a member talk about how much money your CU saved them with a car buying service on a used car or the auto loan they got to pay for it! This will work MUCH better!Your Mission & Your StoryAnother problem we run into a lot with new clients is that they often think just being active online, and particularly just posting on their CU’s social media accounts, will lead to progress. Unfortunately, that’s NOT always the case. If getting lots of ‘likes’ on Facebook is your definition of progress, then yes, you’ll probably be making some headway.But the mission of a Credit Union is to serve members, so we try to emphasize more concrete ROI metrics, like new member growth, new loan applications, and website traffic, as well as other online engagement with members. All of which indicate progress toward the larger mission, serving more members.Sharing real events and member experiences better communicates the value of your products and services to your members and potential new members. When someone is online, particularly on social media, your message is competing with the MOST emotional content in that person’s life! This person’s Facebook newsfeed is filled with posts by friends, family and other loved ones.So, to compete in that sphere, your content needs to fit into this space NOT stand out like a blatant advertisement. This is why emotion and storytelling works so well! If you can find a few members who are willing to share their real experiences working with your CU, this is the BEST way to gain the trust of your online audience. These personal stories will fit in with the other content on the social media platform and also resonate with the individuals you are targeting.Your Advertising & Your StoryOne last point that we must make is that there is a very big difference between advertising and more authentic marketing. The “Branches and Broadcast” strategy of CU advertising past is just that, in the past. In today’s inbound marketing environment people are out there online, searching for what they want, WAY before they set foot inside your brick and mortar location.It’s a CUs job to make sure that members find your services when they are looking for them, and they are looking ONLINE. A few website banners or some nice graphics on signage isn’t going to get the job done! CU’s have got to keep up with the times and think outside the box.We recommend staying top-of-mind with members even when they are NOT in the market for a loan or credit card. This will often involve interacting for interacting’s sake. Sometimes the value of a smile or a laugh is just that, it’s a non-financial impact that builds rapport and trust with your audience. Though it’s not easily measureable, it will humanize your brand and will likely bring someone back for future conversions.You will need to walk a fine line of attracting rather than annoying your audience online, and this can be tricky. Continuously evaluating your content and assessing what works and what doesn’t work is important to this process. You won’t get it all right, all of the time, so remain humble and be ready to change things up when they are not working. These best online marketing strategies are in constant flux and ever evolving.For more from Social Stairway on Credit Union Social Media and Email Marketing please visit our website ( contact us today at! We would love to hear from you! 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: Detailslast_img read more

A new era of payments and security

first_imgToday’s tech-savvy consumers are quickly adapting to digital devices, turning them into powerful payment vehicles. At the same time, the safety and security of these transactions is paramount.The EMV standard serves as the backbone for future payment technologies by enabling safer, smarter and more secure transactions across cards, contactless, mobile and remote payment channels. For 15 years, Mastercard has played a leading role in the creation, management and continued development of the EMV standard. We offer a unique set of EMV solutions to help issuers and merchants implement new payment solutions quickly.What is the EMV standard?EMV is a standard for globally interoperable, secure payments. The key element of EMV involves including dynamic digital data in every transaction. This makes these types of transactions extremely secure and reduces the risk of fraud.When a consumer uses an EMV-enabled device to pay at an EMV terminal, it can be instantly identified as an authentic, approved payment belonging to that consumer through dynamic authentication. When used with a PIN (Personal Identification Number), the chip verifies that the consumer is indeed holding his or her own device.How does EMV reduce fraud?In the digital world, payment transactions are getting smarter. And at the heart of these smarter transactions is dynamic authentication, which incorporates unique information in each transaction making it virtually impossible to replicate.The EMV standard has already been adopted by more than 80 countries where it has significantly reduced counterfeit card fraud, saving hundreds of millions of dollars. Our goal is to help reduce fraud in the United States too. 158SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UK envoy in Washington backs probe into origins of pandemic, WHO reforms

first_img“We would see these sorts of reviews and reforms and investigations as something to come later,” she said.The US government has repeatedly criticized China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began late last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has grown into a global pandemic. The outbreak has killed nearly 217,000 people globally, including more than 27,000 in Britain and over 58,000 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.US President Donald Trump has suspended US funding of the WHO, accusing the U.N. agency of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the outbreak. WHO officials have denied this and China has said it has been transparent and open.  The committee asked if the government planned to make representations at international gatherings such as the World Health Organization, Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies or Group of 20 (G20) major economies to “hold China accountable for its attempts to mislead the international community in order to control the narrative around COVID-19.”Asked about the issue during an online event with The Washington Post newspaper, British Ambassador Karen Pierce said an investigation was certainly needed into how the virus emerged and the health risks associated with wet markets in China, which have spawned at least three virus outbreaks since 2000.The British government also favored a review of the WHO’s handling of the outbreak and reforms of the organization, she said. “We need to learn after all these crises, just as we did after Ebola in 2014. We need to learn how we can always do things better,” she said.However, she underscored that it was crucial now to focus on bolstering international cooperation to respond to the pandemic. Britain’s ambassador to the United States on Wednesday backed calls for an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus and the response of the World Health Organization, but said the first priority should be containing the outbreak.The comments came after Britain’s foreign affairs parliamentary committee asked the government whether it plans to use international bodies to hold China to account over the COVID-19 pandemic.The cross-party body asked for the government’s strategy in dealing with China, taking into account Beijing’s role in giving early information on the pandemic, its role within medical and industrial supply chains and the reliance of the UK and its partners on the country.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nezworski scores Maquoketa Late Model win

first_imgBy Rob HinckleyMAQUOKETA, Iowa (August 11) – The focus was driving to the front.Andy Nezworski put all the national implications in the back of his mind Saturday evening at Maquo­keta Speedway. He slid by Jeremiah Hurst and then Terry Neal to win the 25-lap Andover Meat IMCA Late Model feature.“We’re pretty much out of the national thing,” Nezworski said in victory lane. “We’re a ways back in the points and you have to win a track championship, which we won’t. So we just come out to win races. We’ve had some bad luck recently so this really feels good.”Neal took the top spot from Marty Scheckel early before Hurst passed following a restart about halfway through. Nezworski then made his charge to the front for his third victory on the 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.Matt Ryan passed Hurst late for second. Neal and Doug Nigh rounded out the top five.IMCA national point leader Ryan started eighth, but spun early to cause a caution. He restarted at the rear and maneuvered back up to that runner up finish. Hurst runs second in the national stand­ings.Bryce Garnhart used the high groove to get to the front and then to stay there en route to the IMCA Modified 20-lap feature win. He sped by Ray Cox Jr. with seven circuits left for his fifth Maquoketa win.Tyler Soppe sped to the B&D Pit Stop IMCA SportMod 15-lap checkers after starting eighth. He held off point Gage Neal, Joe Grant, Brandon Setser and T.J. Fortmann.Timmy Current raced to his fourth straight Ueland Auto IMCA Stock Car 15-lap win. After a hand­ful of restarts he was able to lengthen the advantage each time over a charging Greg Gill, Donnie Louck, Jimmy Comins and Tim Bader.Daniel Wauters passed Roger Winkers on lap five and held off Randy Byerly for his seventh IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature victory. Shane Oberbroeckling, Dakota Simonsen and Wink­ers followed in the 12-lapper.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win CC Meets Against Decatur County Teams-Chargers Results

first_imgThe Batesville High School Cross Country Teams were both victorious last night against the 4-way meet with North Decatur, South Decatur and Greensburg. In fact the Boys scored a perfect score of 15 with the first 6 to cross the finish line being a Bulldog.  Greensburg came in second with 47, followed by South Decatur, 94 and North Decatur, 101.  The Dogs were led by Joshua Myers winning the meet at 17:07, followed closely by Adam Moster (17:16), Ean Loichinger (17:19), Benjamin Moster (17:24), Adam Hollowell (17:35) and Daren Smith (17:47).  Finishing out the top 7 for the boys was Dillon Murray placing 10th at 18:34. On the Girls side, they also had a strong showing as they placed 1st with 26 points, outscoring Greensburg with 34.  North Decatur came in third with 87 followed by South Decatur at 101.  Leading the Lady dDgs were Lily Pinckley coming in 2nd at 19:50.  She was followed by teammate Liz Loichinger in third at 20:17.  The dogs came in a nice pack finishing from 6th-12th place…led by Ava Hanson (20:44), Madison Rahschulte (20:57), Sophie Myers (21:15), Maria Lopez (21:27), Trysta Vierling (21:29), Sarah Ripperger (22:00) and Carley Pride (22:23). Also, running person best times for the evening were: Daren Smith, Ava Hanson, Madison Rahschulte, Maria Lopez, Sophie Myers, Carley Pride, Hope Kroen, Jada Eisert, Carla Patapat and Kali Wickersham.  Way to go dogs!   Batesville will have a week of great training until they compete again next Saturday at the Rushville Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.Charger Boys Results: Brandon Gearhart 20:14; Cameron Medsker 27:01; Jack Cathey 24:01; Adam Mack “24:25 PR”; Collin Bryant INJ; Brady Espinda “22:01 PR”; Caleb Bowles 22:51; Ethan Neimeyer “27:07 PR”; Owen Geis 21:41; Ryan Hancock “25:42:00.000 PR”. Courtesy of Chargers Coach Kyle Nobbe.last_img read more